Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Lower Saxony is also loosening up
Bavaria opens travel prospects at Whitsun
Bavaria opens travel prospects at Whitsun
Bavaria decides extensive openings. Prime Minister Söder calls this psychologically important, but as things stand at the moment, they are not yet feasible for most of Bavaria’s regions. The situation in Lower Saxony is better. Here, too, the government is daring to take steps towards normalcy.
Bavaria’s cabinet has decided on extensive opening steps for districts and urban districts with a stable seven-day incidence of less than 100. In such regions, holidays should be possible again at the beginning of the Whitsun holidays on May 21st. Hotels, holiday apartments and campsites should then reopen there, announced Prime Minister Markus Söder after a cabinet meeting.
As early as next Monday, outdoor restaurants, theaters, concert and opera houses and cinemas can open in regions with a stable incidence of less than 100 – but subject to conditions. The outdoor catering has to close at 10 p.m. Known requirements such as hygiene concepts, mask and test requirements and the need to book an appointment also apply.
With a stable and falling seven-day incidence, the districts and independent cities could submit a corresponding application to the Ministry of Health, said Söder. The cabinet decision also states that the ministry will be asked “to give the necessary agreement”.
Söder: Corona not under control
The Bavarian cabinet also decided to equate people who have been completely vaccinated against Covid-19 with those who tested negative from this Thursday and to grant them further relaxations. Among other things, people with a full corona vaccination – i.e. usually two administered vaccine doses – should be exempted from the obligation to test and from the exit restrictions. They are not included in the maximum number of contacts allowed.
The state government decided to put the regulation into effect on Thursday, two days before the federal government, said Söder. They want to send a signal that vaccination is important. “We are firmly convinced that with such progress the protection of fundamental rights, the freedom of the individual outweighs.”
Söder said of the Whitsun easing that Bavaria is not just a tourist destination. It is also psychologically important to have a perspective. Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger from the Free Voters praised the planned easing. Nevertheless, Söder continued to call for the greatest caution. The third corona wave has not yet broken, even if the values developed more positively. “I wouldn’t say it’s under control,” said the prime minister.
In fact, the total seven-day incidence in Bavaria is currently 140, well above the threshold promised for easing. Even in the individual regions, only a few have fallen below the limit of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days.
Lower Saxony adopts a phased plan
In Lower Saxony, on the other hand, the seven-day incidence is currently 98.6, just below the “emergency brake” threshold. Here, too, the state government decided to relax with a step-by-step plan. These should take effect in cities and districts with a seven-day incidence below 100 from the coming weekend, announced Prime Minister Stephan Weil.
There should be more opportunities and freedom for people with a daily negative Corona test and for people who have already been fully vaccinated. The entire retail trade should open again for these groups, and there should also be initial openings in the tourism and catering sector, said Economics Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bernd Althusmann from the CDU. This is to be coupled with contact tracking, access restrictions and a hygiene concept.
Tourism will initially only be open to residents of Lower Saxony for an expected three weeks. In hotels, holiday apartments and campsites, tourist overnight stays are possible again in good time before Pentecost. The catering should initially be able to open outside and two weeks later also inside, there then with an occupancy limit of 60 percent and a curfew at 11 p.m. Outdoor cultural events should also be possible again.