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Schleswig-Holstein's Higher Administrative Court overturned the so-called ban on tourists from domestic Corona hotspots.
The OVG announced on Friday that it will be suspended pending a decision on the main issue. The court in Schleswig granted urgent applications from two hotel operators from Rostock who also run several hotels in Schleswig-Holstein.
According to the previous accommodation rule of the state government in Kiel, tourists from areas with high corona numbers in Germany - from 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days - are only allowed to stay in hotels or holiday apartments in the north if they have a negative test that is no more than 48 hours old submit.
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The expectations were already screwed into the immeasurable beforehand: Today's meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the Prime Minister of the federal states is of "historical dimension" , said Chancellor Helge Braun on Tuesday. The top politicians meet in Berlin at 2 p.m. and then want to personally advise for the first time on how they can get the dramatically worsened corona situation under control again in the next few weeks.
So far, the OVG had confirmed the so-called ban on accommodation, unlike courts in other countries. Without the ban, tourists from risk areas could come into the country uncontrolled, the judges had argued. Now it was said that the regulation, which only applies to tourists, violates the principle of equal treatment enshrined in the Basic Law. In addition, serious economic disadvantages for the accommodation providers would have to be averted.
With reference to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the court stated that the coronavirus is increasingly spreading in private households and with private contacts, while infections in hotels are rather rare due to corresponding hygiene concepts. In this respect, a ban on lodging for tourists is an unjustified disadvantage compared to people who do not travel as tourists, but who travel for private purposes, such as visiting families.
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The OVG decision is incontestable and generally binding, so that everyone can refer to it and must also be observed by courts and authorities. Government spokesman Peter Höver told the German Press Agency: "The state government takes note of the decision of the OVG and will include it in its further opinion-forming."
In the state government made up of CDU, Greens and FDP, the Liberals had already called for the ban on accommodation this week. As things stand so far, the heads of the Jamaica coalition wanted to continue dealing with the issue on Monday.
The Schleswig judges followed court decisions in other federal states, but contradicted an OVG decision from neighboring Hamburg. There the judges - also incontestable - rejected the urgent application of a couple from North Rhine-Westphalia. The protection of life and health of the people in Hamburg are more important than the private interest of the applicants in a vacation in Hamburg.
In the Hanseatic city, tourists must confirm in writing that they have not been in a domestic risk area in the past 14 days or that they have a negative corona test.
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