How vacation regions deal with travelers from risk areas

NAfter several local coronavirus outbreaks, the first federal states have imposed restrictions on travelers from risk areas. The focus is primarily on the infection process around a Tönnies slaughterhouse in North Rhine-Westphalia, where more than 1500 people have recently tested positive for the virus. A lockdown was therefore initially imposed until June 30th for the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts affected.

This means that travelers from these circles are no longer welcome everywhere – immediately before the start of the summer vacation in North Rhine-Westphalia. For visitors from an urban or rural district with an increased infection rate, the Baden-Württemberg a ban on accommodation in hotels, inns, guest houses, holiday apartments and on campsites as well as caravan sites if the number of new infections in the home district of the travelers was higher than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in the seven days prior to arrival. Exceptions apply to people who can prove with a medical certificate that they are not infected. Exceptions should also be possible if the outbreak of infection in a district can be clearly delimited.

Accommodation establishments in Bayern are not allowed to accept guests who are arriving from a district or a city in another federal state or who have their residence there in which or in which the number of new corona infections within seven days was more than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. Exceptions are people who have a negative corona test and have a medical certificate.

People from Corona risk areas are only allowed to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania enter the country if they can prove that they have taken a corona test within 48 hours prior to entry. This must show that there is no evidence of an infection with the coronavirus. Anyone who enters from a risk area without this certificate must leave the country.

Anyone who has been in a risk area abroad for at least two days in the past two weeks must come to Germany after entering the country Lower Saxony enter a fortnightly quarantine. Tourists from the North Rhine-Westphalian districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf are only allowed to stay overnight in hotels, holiday apartments or campsites with a negative Corona test from Friday.

Travelers from Corona hotspots must be in Schleswig-Holstein have been moving to their home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entering the country on Thursday in order to isolate themselves there for 14 days. Or they have to show a negative corona test, which must not be older than 48 hours.

In the discussion about an accommodation ban said Saxony-Anhalt Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU), the question was “not whether, but how” one would enforce the corresponding regulations. The ban could be part of the next Corona regulation, which is due to come into force on July 2nd.

Also in Brandenburg is still advising the state government about a possible change to the regulations, also with a view to the virus outbreak in the two districts in North Rhine-Westphalia. Anyone who is currently entering the state must return from a risk area defined by the federal government in two-week quarantine.

In Bremen, Hessen and the Saarland there are currently no restrictions for people from Gütersloh and Warendorf or from other municipalities in Germany. Also in Rhineland-Palatinate there are no restrictions so far, but they are being discussed. Saxony Social Minister Petra Köpping (SPD) had initially spoken out in media reports against a general ban on accommodation for tourists from high-risk areas, but considered negative tests as a condition of entry.

In Thuringia Entry and accommodation bans are currently not planned. Health Minister Heike Werner (Linke) assumes that the corresponding outbreaks can usually be clearly localized. According to her own statements, she does not want to take an entire district and all the people living there into kin custody.

Also Berlin is currently not planning any special regulations for visitors or vacationers from risk areas in Germany. For risk countries abroad (mainly outside Europe) the following applies: After returning home, there is a fourteen-day quarantine at home.

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