Oktoberfest 2022: Decision made – Mayor Reiter approves of Wiesn and makes promises to Munich residents

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The Oktoberfest has been canceled twice due to corona. Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) has now announced the decision for this year’s Wiesn with a serious expression.

  • Oktoberfest 2022 in Munich: decision has been made.
  • Mayor Dieter Reiter says yes to Oktoberfest.
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Mayor Reiter: Oktoberfest 2022 will take place as always – old Mayor skeptical

Update from April 29, 7:06 p.m.: Munich’s former mayor Christian Ude (SPD) expects a new corona wave in autumn and does not yet believe in an Oktoberfest like before. “I can imagine that a very reduced Oktoberfest will ultimately take place, but that has nothing to do with the Oktoberfest feeling that many Munich residents love,” said the 74-year-old of the Munich “Abendzeitung” (Saturday). “A final decision is made at the very last minute. And not in Munich. But in Berlin,” said Ude. He himself will “probably not” celebrate. He finds it “very strange, embarrassing” that Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has visited festival tents in recent weeks and had himself photographed with a beer mug without a mask. From September 17th, the Oktoberfest will be celebrated again for the first time on the Theresienwiese – after a two-year break due to Corona.

Update from April 29, 12:49 p.m.: With a serious expression, Reiter then leaves the conference table. His doubts and the clear criticism of the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) reverberate.

Update from April 29, 12:45 p.m.: Reiter makes it clear that he himself is not happy with the decision to allow an unrestricted Wiesn 2022 to take place. However, in consultation with Minister of Health Lauterbach, he came to the conclusion that neither a cancellation nor a restricted event would have been legally unacceptable.

He therefore hopes that the pandemic situation will not worsen again in autumn and that the Wiesn will be canceled at short notice. However, Reiter promises that – should such a cancellation still happen – the costs will not fall back on the Munich taxpayer.

He will now initiate everything else so that the Oktoberfest 2022 can be confirmed in the city council in May.

Oktoberfest yes! The Wiesn 2022 will therefore take place

Update from April 29, 12:35 p.m.: The conditions have also changed from an infectious point of view, Reiter continues. The situation is no longer the one that caused him to doubt that the Wiesn 2022 would take place in winter. The measures to protect against the corona pandemic have largely been abolished.

Neither the federal government nor the Free State of Bavaria had issued regulations that would justify the city restricting access to Oktoberfest 2022. This deprives him of the legal basis for such orders. Reiter cited 3G or 1G as examples, i.e. access for those who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered or tested negative (3G) and only for those who have currently been tested (1G). So he turned to the government and Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), with whom he had spoken several times since then.

The situation is difficult when, on the one hand, the Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) warns of a Oktoberfest without access restrictions, while the Prime Minister romp around at all folk festivals without a distance and without a mask. “You can – as happened in Bavaria – also dissolve the “Team Caution” and turn it into a “Team Volksfest-Hopping”, taunts Reiter.

Update from April 29, 12:35 p.m.: Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) is now beginning the press conference in Munich City Hall. According to Reiter, he definitely did not take the decision he is now announcing lightly. Unlike many who have been pushing on social media for weeks to let the Wiesn take place. “The applause in the beer tents and on social media is of course guaranteed “if you make promises for which you are not responsible,” says Reiter.

For him there are two important points that are important in the Wiesn decision. On the one hand, he said weeks ago that, given the current situation in Ukraine, he could not imagine a happy folk festival atmosphere in Munich. No one can be sure what the situation will be like in autumn, so there is no justification and no reason not to let the Oktoberfest take place. He doesn’t want to be the one who raises his index finger moralizingly when others want to visit the Wiesn despite the war. From a political point of view, a cancellation is therefore not justified.

Update from April 29, 12:10 p.m.: The press conference with Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) to announce the decision about the Oktoberfest 2022 will start in a few minutes. Despite many signs of a “yes” to the Wiesn, the decision is eagerly awaited. The big question about possible corona restrictions is still in the room. In addition, Reiter had stated a few weeks ago that he could not imagine a happy Oktoberfest given the current situation of the war of aggression against Ukraine by Russia.

Update from April 29, 10:00 a.m.: While in Munich the announcement by Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) with the decision to hold the Wiesn 2022 is eagerly awaited, the corona incidence in Bavaria has remained almost constant. On Friday morning, the RKI reported an incidence of 788 in Bavaria, which roughly corresponds to the level of the previous week (780). The incidence has not been very meaningful for a long time, since the currently predominant omicron variant has a very mild course and many infected people no longer undergo a PCR test.

Oktoberfest 2022: Söder wants the Wiesn – “Moment of joie de vivre”

Prime Minister Markus Söder holds an interview with the Münchner Merkur the taking place of the Oktoberfest is right and important. However, the decision rests with the city. Should a Wiesn take place, so Söder, one would probably refrain from any corona measures. However, the Prime Minister currently sees the problem more in the war in Ukraine than in the pandemic situation. The decision to hold the festival despite the terrible events is a tightrope walk, according to Söder. However, one should not deny people this moment of joie de vivre.

Oktoberfest 2022: Mayor Reiter announces the big Wiesn decision today

First report from April 29, 6.40 a.m.: Munich – Two years in a row, the world-famous Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese in Munich was canceled due to the corona pandemic. This Friday, Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) wants to announce the eagerly awaited decision on the Oktoberfest 2022.

Hope is high, not only among those who like to visit the Wiesn, but also among the innkeepers and, above all, the showmen. The latter suffered the worst during the two years without any major festivals. The pandemic drove many into a financial and existence-threatening catastrophe.

Oktoberfest 2022: Mayor Reiter announces decision – Söder wants Oktoberfest without conditions

Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) had already emphasized in the previous week how important the Wiesn was for the Bavarian economy. “From the service to the taxi driver, from the hotel to the restaurateurs, we need this festival.” The city should therefore finally commit itself to “the most important Bavarian folk festival”.

Another complete cancellation of the Oktoberfest seems unlikely. The voices for a Wiesn 2022 had become louder and louder in the past few days. Even Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), once a great advocate of the “Team Caution”, had made it clear that the Oktoberfest had to take place “at least from a legal point of view”. If it were up to him, even without a single Corona edition.

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Will the Oktoberfest take place in 2022? Dates are already on the homepage of the city of Munich

In the meantime, all Corona requirements for folk festivals have been removed in the Free State. However, the decision as to whether and how folk festivals take place is made by the municipalities. However, the planned dates for the Oktoberfest are already on the city’s website: the start is planned for September 17th, and the festival should last until October 3rd.

The Munich Wiesn landlords are hoping for a high number of visitors this year if the city makes a positive decision. Over six million people had regularly attended the festival in the years before the pandemic. “Demand is very good,” said Peter Inselkammer, one of the two spokesmen for the Oktoberfest hosts, recently.

High visitor numbers expected at the Oktoberfest 2022 – but it will be expensive for the guests

Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU) may even be expecting more guests than in 2019 – maybe even a record Oktoberfest. The longing for a carefree folk festival is evident at the Munich Spring Festival, which has just experienced a rush of visitors.

It is already becoming apparent that visitors – when there is a Wiesn – have to dig deeper into their pockets for beer, chicken and co. Prices are skyrocketing everywhere at the moment. In the past, the price of a liter of beer rose by around three percent per year. The city checks the measure price and usually announces it around the beginning of June. kah

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