US News To the sea or to the mountains: Autumn vacation in Corona times
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The federal and state governments want to curb the spread of the corona virus in Germany during the autumn and winter with a 9-point plan. This emerges from a resolution proposed by the federal government, which Business Insider has and which Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of government of the federal states want to negotiate on Tuesday .
In the middle of the vacation season, there is confusion when dealing with vacationers from German Corona risk areas. Many people are unsure whether and under what conditions their autumn vacation is possible, for example, in popular destinations on the North and Baltic Seas or in Bavaria.
The rules are partly different depending on the country - what vacationers have to watch out for when taking a break at the sea or in the mountains:
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When does a region become a risk area?
The central criterion in crisis management is whether there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a region within seven days. According to the state governments of Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein, bans on accommodation are not only dependent on the so-called incidence value. If an outbreak can be clearly delimited, for example recently in slaughterhouses, there is not necessarily a general ban on accommodation for people from this region.
When can I start my vacation?
Without a negative Corona test, most countries no longer want to let holidaymakers from domestic areas with high numbers of infections stay in their hotels and holiday apartments. But there are different rules. In Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, a negative test result that is not older than 48 hours is sufficient. The day of arrival is decisive. Guests are also welcome in Bavaria. There are also bans on accommodation for individual districts of Berlin, Bremen and the cities of Hamm and Remscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, on the other hand, prescribes a 14-day quarantine for vacationers from risk areas immediately after entry. The waiting time can be shortened by the responsible health department if a second, self-paid test also turns out negative after five to seven days.
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Where can vacationers get a corona test?
If you want to be on the safe side, contact your family doctor or a special practice for travel medicine at an early stage. If you want to go on vacation, you shouldn't come to the test centers of the public health service, says Andreas Bobrowski from the Professional Association of German Laboratory Doctors. Anyone who needs a test just to get to the holiday destination usually has no symptoms of illness. In this case, the test will not be covered by the statutory health insurance. According to the fee regulation, the costs for private patients are around 120 euros per person for the laboratory analysis. In addition, there is another 20 euros for the smear at the doctor's.
Is the risk of infection greater on the couch with friends?
Basically, you can get infected with the new type of corona virus anywhere. In Schleswig-Holstein, family visits are also possible without a test, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with close relatives. For Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), the main difference lies in this: There are a lot of guests in hotels, so the entire hotel could be a source of infection - and the hotel industry could suffer considerably. «Imagine that we now have a transmission of the infection in tourist areas. Then it will almost be the end of tourism, permanently, ”he warns.
New corona rules with "significant changes" are to come next week
The citizens of Germany should only have certainty about the exact design of the new measures in the fight against the corona pandemic in the coming week. "The next week will bring significant changes and decisions," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin after a meeting of the Corona cabinet. The "target" is October 15, when the new measures are to come into force. Specific decisions were not made on Monday.
Which cancellation rules apply?
It is questionable whether vacationers will have to pay cancellation fees if they cancel their stay. The travel lawyer Paul Degott from Hanover does not assume that vacationers will stay at their expense. First of all, there is a ban on accommodation. In this case, the accommodation must repay the money paid, and cancellation fees must not be collected from the guest. “You can't oblige anyone to take a test,” he says. Due to the unclear legal situation, the German Holiday House Association advises reaching an amicable agreement with the host - for example, postponing the stay free of charge on a goodwill basis. According to the Hotel Association Germany IHA, the corona test is the responsibility of the guest. The obligation to pay continues to exist.
What do the hoteliers say?
The tourism industry and the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) fear that many people will forego a short-term trip during their autumn vacation because of the corona tests. The Dehoga calls for uniform national rules for dealing with tourists from Germany. In the northeast, the operators are looking at the development of the number of infections in Berlin. “In traditional Berlin travel destinations such as Usedom and Rügen, 30 to 40 percent of bookings currently come from the federal capital. If the Corona traffic light there is set to red, I don't know how the hoteliers should implement the applicable Corona quarantine regulation here, ”says the president of the regional association, Lars Schwarz.
What are the penalties?
In Bavaria, it gets expensive for hotels, campsites or guest houses that accept guests from risk areas. The catalog of fines sanctioned the offense there with 5000 euros. Guests from risk areas, on the other hand, do not have to fear a fine in this case. In Schleswig-Holstein, the state government as well as that in Lower Saxony was still working on its ordinance on Thursday. The Ministry of Health in Kiel was unable to provide any information on penalties.
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