Bavaria plans to open for tourists on May 21st

Bavaria plans to open for tourists on May 21st
A hotel in scenic Schwangau, Bavaria in 2019. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Thomas Günther
On Tuesday the southern state of Bavaria - a major holiday destination for Germans - announced tourism should be possible in region at the beginning of the Whitsun holidays on May 21st in areas with low coronavirus infection rates.

In districts and cities with a stable 7-day incidence of less than 100 Covid infections per 100,000 residents, hotels, holiday apartments and campsites would be allowed to reopen to all guests.

“It should be possible to have openings for hotels, holiday homes, holiday apartments and campsites again from Friday, May 21st,” said state premier Markus Söder.

Within the particularly popular Alpine region, the districts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Rosenheim currently have less than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. 

READ ALSO: Dozens of German districts and cities see major drop in Covid-19 cases

Relaxation of other measures

On Monday, Söder also announced that outdoor restaurants, theatres, and cinemas would be able to open, as long as the regional 7-day incidence stayed stable below 100.

These businesses would be able to welcome guests with reservations and negative coronavirus tests.

Söder announced at the start of the week that primary schools could also reopen immediately in regions with an incidence under 165 – the standard set by the federal ’emergency brake’ – rather than the current rate of 100 set by Bavaria.

READ ALSO: Germany pulls virus ’emergency brake’ but not everyone on board

All students would have to wear FFP2 masks and take regular negative coronavirus tests.

He did not yet specify whether and when secondary schools would be included.

Coronavirus in Bavaria

But the southern state still has a long way to go to get infection numbers down. Bavaria as a whole had a 7-day rate of 144.7 as of Tuesday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Furthermore hospitals in 15 of the 96 Bavarian districts and independent cities no longer have any intensive care beds available. 

Amid worries over still-high infection numbers and lack of an adequate hygiene plan, Söder announced on Monday that the world-famous Oktoberfest would be cancelled for the second year in a row.

READ ALSO: Munich’s Oktoberfest cancelled again over Covid

What are the current coronavirus rules for Bavaria?

-Flower stores, bookstores and garden centres can reopen as of Friday April 28th regardless of local incidence rate.

-Drive-in theaters are permitted regardless of incidence. FFP2 masks are mandatory for visitors who are outside of their cars and on the premises.

-The outdoor areas of zoos and botanical gardens may also be opened in areas above a 7-day incidence of 100 under the following conditions: Hygiene plans, no more than a 24-hour-old test for all visitors six years and older, and FFP2 masks.

-Above a seven-day incidence of 100, children under 14 are allowed to participate in non-contact outdoor sports in groups of no more than five.

-Supervision of children under 14 years of age in permanent, family or neighborhood child care arrangements continues to be permitted.


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