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Holidays Pentecost 2020: Where in Germany it looks good despite Corona

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  • In Germany, strict exit and travel restrictions still apply. However, far-reaching easing could be decided on Wednesday.
  • In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, for example, guests from Germany should be able to go on vacation before Pentecost.
  • So far, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg have been more cautious. A national association even sees itself called for a “cry for help”.

It is like so often in these Corona times: The happiness of vacationers may depend on the state in which they live. And the future of hoteliers or restaurateurs, whether their business is in Baden-Württemberg or in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. At the crucial federal and state conference call on Wednesday, very different points of view and interests may once again clash. After that, every federal state will probably go its own way again.

In general: From the north, where the number of corona infected has been quite low for weeks, brisk tones can be heard. Then the people from the North Sea rushed ahead of Lower Saxony on Monday and announced that the catering trade may open again on Monday, May 11, subject to conditions. Hotels, pensions and youth hostels are to follow two weeks later, but only with 50 percent occupancy.

The south is all the more hesitant. Perspective for hotels and restaurants? Travel options for vacationers? Nothing. Wait until Wednesday, it says. Hardship and suffering are growing there as well, and thousands of hotels and restaurants are threatened with this as well.

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Baden-Wuerttemberg: The country in the southwest of the republic has world famous travel destinations. Heidelberg, Black Forest, Lake Constance. But when vacationers are allowed to go back is completely open. This is also due to the fact that Baden-Württemberg has a particularly large number of people who tested positive for the new corona virus. As of Monday morning there were more than 32,000, including more than 1,400 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

After all, the hotel and restaurant association Dehoga has a three-stage plan. Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony have worked it out together. According to this, zoos, amusement parks and climbing gardens should open first. Then, in a second phase, restaurants as well as hotels and holiday apartments, if only to a limited extent. Only in a third phase should overnight tourism be possible without restrictions.

For the Baden-Württemberg Dehoga regional association, this is not enough. He wants a concrete perspective with fixed dates for the industry – at the latest on Wednesday. After all, it is only a few weeks until the Pentecost holidays in early June, an attractive source of income. A Dehoga spokesman hopefully: “We are not writing June off yet.”

Opening of hotels: “Bavaria must not be disadvantaged”

Bavaria: The Free State is also a popular travel destination, not least because of Chiemsee, Neuschwanstein and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Only when the country is open for tourism again is completely open, also because Bavaria has the most corona infected among all federal states. As of Monday morning, there were almost 43,000, including more than 1,900 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Prime Minister Markus Söder has so far only made suggestions. However, if, as so often, he takes Austria as a role model (according to Söder, the Alpine Republic of Bavaria is about two weeks ahead in terms of the corona infection process), Bavarian gastronomy should open again at the end of May. Hotels, in turn, could only open in mid-June. It is still unclear whether this will happen.

The Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association published a “call for help” on Monday. He urges “a perspective when our businesses will be back for their guests”. There should be no disadvantage for Bavaria.

The association fears significant competitive disadvantages, especially compared to Austria and other German federal states, if Bavaria stays closed for too long. Dehoga managing director Frank-Ulrich John informed NewsABC.net that it was important to allow tourism “as soon as possible”, or at least for the Pentecost holidays at the beginning of June.

Update: Bavaria announced on Tuesday that it wanted to open restaurants and hotels in May. On May 18, restaurants are supposed to start, first outdoors (such as beer gardens), a week later also indoors. On May 30th, punctually at Pentecost, hotels can open again.

Hotels and apartments on the Baltic Sea could open at the end of May

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Tourism plays a prominent role in the northeast. 2,000 kilometers of the Baltic Sea coast and more than 2,000 lakes offer millions of holidaymakers the opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves in normal years.

The government in Schwerin is now benefiting from the fact that in no other country is the number of corona infected as low as in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Monday morning there were 699, including 18 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

It has been clear since Monday evening: restaurants in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania should be allowed to open to the locals from Saturday (May 9) from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. under strict hygiene requirements and with a maximum of six adults per table. Waiters and service staff should wear masks, but guests should not. On May 18, hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments will also open to the locals. The entry ban for tourists from other federal states, which has been in force since mid-March, is to be lifted on May 25th. This would make it possible for all German citizens to miss the Pentecost holiday missed at the end of May on the Baltic Sea or in the Mecklenburg Lake District. The hotels are initially only allowed to rent a maximum of 60 percent of their bed capacity.

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Schleswig-Holstein: The northernmost state of the republic likes to advertise with sea, sand and dune grass as far as the eye can see. Only tourists are not allowed to come at the moment. In Schleswig-Holstein travel and exit restrictions apply until further notice.

The state government has already given some hope. After all, tourism is one of the most important pillars of the Schleswig-Holstein economy. According to Dehoga, every fifth job in the country is directly or indirectly dependent on tourism. Schleswig-Holstein is also one of the states that was less affected by the corona virus. As of Monday morning, there were almost 2,800 people infected with corona, including 113 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

The restaurant could reopen on Monday, May 18, it says. Hotels and apartments are to follow at the end of May. The Dehoga regional association is not aware of any further details. For example, it is unclear whether only residents of Schleswig-Holstein can go on vacation themselves or whether others can. It is also unclear under which conditions restaurants, hotels and holiday apartments are allowed to open again. Will there be more clarity on Wednesday? At least that’s what restaurateurs, hoteliers and, last but not least, vacationers nationwide hope for.

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This article has been updated.

Note: In a first version Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was incorrectly referred to as the largest federal state in terms of area. This honor naturally goes to Bavaria. Instead, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is the state in which the fewest inhabitants live per square kilometer.

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