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Hard contact restrictions, closed restaurants and swimming pools, no more club sports for a month: the state government imposed a partial lockdown across Bavaria in November in order to slow down the rapid spread of the corona virus. It decided this on Thursday, October 29th – one day after the federal-state meeting, at which the Prime Ministers and the Chancellor agreed on nationwide uniform restrictions. These should apply from November 2nd until the end of the month. The Free State has adopted the resolution, but some further restrictions remain in place. An overview of the regulations and changes in Bavaria.
Contact restrictions and mask requirement
In Bavaria, one has generally been in effect since March Contact restriction. Everyone is fundamentally obliged to meet as few people as possible who do not live with them and to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. From November 2nd, the rules will be tightened significantly: Then only a maximum of ten people who belong to a maximum of two households – for example two families. This applies to all meetings, in public as well as in private. A fine may be levied for violations. So far, the contact restrictions were linked to the local infection process – that is now no longer applicable.
The rules for Mask requirementas they have been in effect in many areas of public life since April – in shops, public transport, medical practices, old people’s homes and many more. You don’t have to wear a proper protective mask there, you just need to cover your mouth and nose, which you can sew yourself, a scarf or cloth. Everyone from their sixth birthday must wear a cover. If you don’t do this, you have to pay 250 euros in a one-off case and a fine of 500 euros for repetitions. The police and staff on buses and trains check that the mask requirement is observed. In concrete terms, this means in local transport: It applies not only to buses, trains or taxis, but also to waiting at the bus stop or platform.
Gastronomy and tourism
Eateries, bars and pubs have to lock up all in November. Clubs and discos too – but they have been closed continuously since March. Gastronomy is generally prohibited, there are only two exceptions: landlords can continue to sell take-away food and canteens remain open.
Over the weekend, up to and including Sunday, November 1st, the previous rules in gastronomy still apply: Anyone who is allowed to meet according to the rules of the contact restrictions can sit together at a table. Guests must give their name and address and are only allowed to take their mouthguards off at the table, the service staff must wear a breathing mask. Infringements against this will be punished with a fine. In large parts of Bavaria there is a corona curfew of 9 p.m., 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. – depending on the number of infections in the respective district or in the respective city.
Hotels, guest houses and campsites May no longer accommodate tourists from November 2nd, only business travelers. All citizens should refrain from “unnecessary private trips and visits, including from relatives”, including day trips. Meetings, congresses or fairs are forbidden – as is the case with “all kinds of events”, the state government has decided, including, for example, club meetings.
All leisure facilities and cultural sites too
Leisure and cultural facilities are closed for a month. This applies from November 2nd for all theaters, operas, concert halls and other cultural sites, for cinemas, amusement parks and providers of leisure activities (inside and outside), for amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar facilities, for swimming pools and fun pools, saunas, Thermal baths, fitness studios, wellness facilities, brothels and also for museums and zoos.
Up to and including Sunday, November 1st, there is still operation here in compliance with the applicable hygiene requirements. For cultural events, there is an upper limit of 200 visitors, provided they have permanently assigned seats, otherwise 100 people – and in the municipalities in the dark red area of the so-called Corona traffic light, there is a limit of 50 visitors (see below). All visitors to events must wear a mouth and nose cover when entering and leaving the building, but may take them off when they are seated.
All libraries and libraries – as well as advice centers and social institutions – will remain open in November.
Shopping is still possible
Unlike in March, the partial lockdown will remain in November shops open. The previous requirements continue to apply there: for example, a mask requirement or a maximum number of customers. Allow your services to continue offering too Hairdressers, but not cosmetic or tattoo studios, massage practices and similar service providers.
Schools and daycare centers in regular operation
In the Kindergartens, nurseries or crèches Since the summer holidays there has been at least halfway regular operation taking into account hygiene rules. Children with a cold and runny nose are not automatically excluded from attending daycare. However, the state government has provided restrictions in the event that the number of infections increases. Closing facilities completely for some time should definitely be the last option.
Also to the schools an almost normal lesson should take place, hygiene measures apply. If more than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants occur within seven days in a district or an independent city, a mask requirement is also imposed in class from the fifth grade onwards. If this value, the so-called seven-day incidence, increases to more than 50, it should also apply to primary school lessons – and a minimum distance of 1.5 meters in the classroom. In most cases this means: the class has to be divided, the students alternately go to school and stay at home (distance learning). The decision on this is made in the individual municipalities.
To the Colleges and universities The state government wants to enable face-to-face events again from this winter semester – and generally as a regular form. However, a maximum of 200 people should be allowed to participate in seminars or lectures.
Off for amateur and popular sports
The leisure and amateur sports activities must be suspended for the entire month from November 2nd – “with the exception of individual sports alone, in pairs or with your own household”, according to the state government’s decision. So this applies to training as well as competitions or games. There is one exception here too: the professional sports area. Its events take place without spectators.
Visits to clinics and nursing homes allowed
Visits to Hospitals, retirement homes and facilities for the disabled are generally possible. However, minimum distances, hygiene rules and a ban on entry in the event of symptoms of illness are also prescribed. And in many houses, the porters and operators have already restricted access in order to minimize the risk of infection.
Demonstrations allowed – under certain conditions
The following rules apply to Meetings and demonstrations: They are allowed as long as all participants keep the minimum distance from each other and also from third parties (such as passers-by). In addition, a mask is mandatory for larger gatherings in the open air. The local authorities may have to ensure this by imposing conditions – or by limiting a demo to 100 people at a fixed location.
Conditions for church services
Religious gatherings are also allowed under certain conditions. According to the state government, this includes a minimum distance of 1.50 meters between visitors, unless they live together in one household. When entering or exiting a Church, synagogue or mosque a mouth and nose covering must be worn. In addition, special hygiene rules are necessary – for example: no touch when giving communion, no kiss on the Torah in the synagogue, in the mosques everyone should bring their own prayer rug and Koran, in the churches the singing visit.
Special rules for commuters
Commuters from high-risk areas abroad have been obliged to test since October 23: Anyone who “regularly travels to Bavaria at least once a week to stay there for professional or business reasons, for training purposes or to attend school or university” must inform the local authorities without being asked Submit a negative corona test within seven days and then regularly once a week. This is what the state government decree says. This obligation applies primarily to commuters from Austria and the Czech Republic.
Corona traffic light: Local restrictions for many new infections
The rules described above apply nationwide. In addition, there are a few special regulations for those counties and urban districts that exceed the 35, 50 or 100 mark for the seven-day incidence – currently almost all of them in the Free State. These rules remain in force.
Yellow: If the 35 new infections per 100,000 population in seven days No more alcohol may be sold or drunk in public places between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The mask requirement also applies from the fifth grade in class, in busy public places, in public buildings (e.g. in the entrance area, in the elevator or in the hallway) and in companies at the respective workplace if the minimum distance cannot be maintained there, as well as in “meeting areas” “(for example in the elevator or in the hallway).
Rot: Once the seven-day incidence is the Value of 50 the respective district or urban district must bring the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol to 10 p.m. The mask requirement then also applies to lessons in elementary schools and in after-school care centers.
Dark red: If the seven-day incidence rises to a value of more than 100, the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol is brought forward to 9 p.m.
The Bavarian Ministry of Health publishes updated daily from 3 p.m. on its website which municipalities are in the yellow, red or dark red area. The stricter rules apply there for five more days after the critical value has been fallen below again.
The system of registration of visitors using QR codes in Moscow can spread to beauty salons, restaurants and shops if it is effective in nightclubs and bars, said the head of the Moscow Department of Trade and Services Alexei Nemeryuk in an interview with restaurateur Dmitry Levitsky.
“If the system (registration by QR codes. – Vedomosti) works, it is quite possible that other industries will join it, the same beauty salons, non-food stores, for example, or restaurateurs,” Nemeryuk said. According to him, such a system is an alternative to the complete closure of enterprises.
In Moscow, from October 19, at the entrance to bars and nightclubs, which are open from midnight to six in the morning, visitors and employees of establishments will have to register using QR codes. Upon entering the establishment, visitors must scan a QR code or send SMS to a special short number 7377. The mayor’s office explained that such a system is needed to notify everyone present in a bar or club if a coronavirus is detected in any of the visitors or employees.
Since September 28, elderly Muscovites and people with chronic diseases have been advised to self-isolate. Since October 5, the mayor of the city, Sergei Sobyanin, has ordered Moscow employers to transfer at least 30% of employees, all employees over 65 years of age and employees with chronic diseases, to remote work by October 28. Holidays were announced at the city schools from 5 to 18 October. From October 19, students from grades 1 to 5 will study in person, students from 6 to 11 grades will study remotely until November 1.
On the board on the facade of the traditional Zum Spöckmeier inn in the Rosental it says: “Happy Hour! Mon-Fri 2 pm-6pm, Halbe Helles 3.90”. The happy hour is already a few hours old, now the unhappy hour has broken all over town. It is just after 10 p.m. this Wednesday, October 14th, and nothing works.
A few minutes ago the alcohol ban came into force, which the city imposed within seven days due to the corona pandemic and the exceeding of the threshold of 50 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants. That doesn’t affect Spöckmeier at all today, it is already dark there shortly after ten, the lights are, the waiters have already sat up. The same picture can be seen over at the Viktualienmarkt in the Pschorr restaurant near the Schrannenhalle. Everything is tight there too.
At a quarter to ten something was still going on at Gärtnerplatz: The last curtain had fallen in the State Theater, the guests quickly streamed outside, the in-house bar Salon Pitzelberger is closed. Some local people are drawn to the Klenzestrasse to the Theaterklause, a small restaurant with typical Munich Boazn charm. Bartender Leo, who doesn’t want to be in the photo, says: “Everyone behaved in an exemplary manner and ordered in time for the last order.”
Fortunately, the performances in the theater are currently all finished before 10 p.m., some of them only lasted 90 minutes – time enough to order one last beer after work before 10 p.m. “You just have to be quick”, say the guests and laugh, “preferably get out before the final applause!” Leo expects the theater room to close earlier during the week in the future: “We normally close at twelve o’clock, but nobody stays that long for a nice water.” Now you are considering opening up earlier on Sundays, to compensate. Maybe at 3 p.m.
Not an option for the Holy Home. The bar on Reichenbachstrasse around the corner is already a classic when it comes to going out around Gärtnerplatz a little later. The crowd is rather young, between 8 and 30 on Sundays at 3 p.m., if you remember correctly, at this age you get up more or go to brunch, but not in a bar. On Wednesday, just before 10 p.m., it is The rush is manageable, a small group is sitting at the bar with a beer. A couple orders two cyclists just in time, then the bartender Sophie looks at the alarm clock that is on the shelf behind her: It’s time, closing time. Then a guest comes in through the door, very excited: “Is there anything else? Or am I too late?” Too late, says Sophie, she’s sorry. “A go!” Says the guest and turns to go, but then he has to laugh: no beer after ten, a bit bizarre again.
“That’s kind of a death sentence for a bar, isn’t it?” Sophie says it very calmly, but she really has reason to be upset. In a shop like the Holy Home, things don’t really start until ten; now it’s dead legs after eleven. “At midnight it looks much better with the tips, too,” says Sophie, “and the sales that we lack now cannot be made up at other times”. Maybe the Holy Home will open earlier on Sundays now, but that won’t do much. Not at all for Sophie, she is paid by the hour. “In any case, you can’t live from an evening like today.”
This is what seasoned landlords say in the old town, around the Frauenkirche, for example. Around half past ten only small groups sit at the tables in most inns, the Leger am Dom restaurant could now also be called Schee empty am Dom: It is already closed. The Augustiner Klosterwirt is still the busiest place. A couple of regulars do meet. “We come here every four weeks,” says one man, “we are seven people. So today we had to split ourselves over two tables with a plexiglass wall in between. What a nonsense!” Sure, Corona is not to be trifled with – but the so to speak “supervised drinking” in restaurants is apparently hardly dangerous: “Or has someone actually been infected in a pub in Munich? You should know that from the lists.”
Gregor Lemke, the monastery landlord himself, asks himself that. He is also the spokesman for the Munich city center inns, and he is now a little bit desperate. “The cancellations are now hailing in, making you dizzy,” he says. It was just another event with 100 people that was canceled. Worst of all, despite the low risk of infection, politicians came up with measures against the catering trade: “The only thing that remains with the guests is the feeling that it is dangerous in the pub, although it can be proven that it is not true.”
Munich is tightening the rules again: In order to curb the spread of the corona virus, significantly stricter regulations will apply from this Wednesday, such as stricter contact restrictions, a mask requirement in the pedestrian zone of the old town – and now a ban on alcohol in restaurants from 10 p.m. The ban on alcohol is new, the city had already imposed the other rules on September 24, then for a week. The new provisions should now apply for two weeks. The most important questions and answers.
When and where can I drink alcohol?
There are no special rules for private celebrations or in private rooms, but there are in pubs and in public. From Wednesday onwards, restaurants are no longer allowed to serve alcohol from 10 p.m.
In addition, as on previous weekends, there is a ban on alcohol in five public places that are popular with partiers. It is forbidden to drink alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day at Baldeplatz, Gärtnerplatz, Gerner Brücke, Wedekindplatz and in the Isar floodplains between Reichenbachbrücke and Wittelsbacherbrücke. In addition, alcohol may no longer be sold in the vicinity of these places after 9 p.m. There are exceptions to this only for approved events and for the open bar areas of restaurants. In the latter, the sale of alcohol is only prohibited after 10 p.m.
Where do I have to wear a mask?
The mask requirement applies to the area of the pedestrian zone in Munich’s old town, i.e. from Schützenstraße between the main station and Stachus to Marienplatz and from the Feldherrnhalle to Sendlinger Tor. St. Peter’s Square, the Viktualienmarkt and the walkways in the valley are also part of it. An everyday mask must be worn there in the open air that covers the mouth and nose – regardless of how far away other people are and whether someone is standing, walking or sitting. From 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Signs should point out the requirement.
A mask requirement also applies to the parish fair on Mariahilfplatz in der Au. It starts on Saturday, October 17th, and lasts until Sunday, October 25th, and can take place – unlike the Maidult and the Jakobidult 2020, which were both canceled due to the corona virus. However, the city has halved the maximum number of visitors to the Dult from 1000 people to 500.
A mask requirement also applies in public transport, at stops and in train stations, in shops and businesses as well as in cultural institutions such as museums and concert halls – i.e. wherever many people meet in closed rooms or where the distance of one and a half meters is not always strictly adhered to can be. At demonstrations – or on other occasions where more than 200 people gather – a mask has been mandatory since September 9th. These statewide rules remain in effect.
In Munich there is now a stricter contact restriction. How many more people can I meet?
In the entire urban area, only five people are allowed to meet at a time, whether privately in their own apartment, in the garden, on a public square or at a common table in a restaurant. This limit already applied once at the end of September; most recently, however, the city had expanded it to ten people. Now there is again a restriction to five people.
There are exceptions, however: If all those involved live in a maximum of two households, they do not have to comply with the limit of five people. The same applies to families if all family members present are directly related to one another, such as a child with his parents and grandparents. Siblings and life partners are also included.
Special rules apply to private celebrations: For a wedding or birthday party, for example, up to 25 people can come together indoors, outdoors up to 50. That was already in effect at the end of September. It was not until October 9 that the city partially relaxed the rules and allowed outdoor celebrations with up to 100 participants. Now the limit of 50 applies again.
Why am I only allowed to meet four other people at home, but can there be more at a birthday party?
Private parties should generally be limited because there have been more infections with the coronavirus here. The city considers an exception to be justifiable if it is clear who exactly is present – as is usually the case at weddings, birthday parties or funerals.
For example, what about club meetings, parents’ evenings and non-public gatherings?
Club meetings and parents’ evenings are not open to everyone, which is why they are treated like a private birthday party: up to 25 people can come together indoors or up to 50 people if the meeting takes place outdoors. The same applies to other non-public gatherings if the organizer can present a protection and hygiene concept.
What is changing in schools and day-care centers?
For the Munich schools and daycare centers, nothing will change this Wednesday for the time being. That means: the daycare centers remain open for all children; the workers there must wear a mouth and nose cover unless they can keep their distance and good ventilation is guaranteed, for example in the garden. In schools, a mask is required for all pupils from the fifth grade, including in class, if the minimum distance of one and a half meters cannot be maintained – which is hardly possible in any classroom. There is currently no mask requirement for primary school students in Munich.
As long as the seven-day incidence for Munich is above the value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, more severe restrictions would already be possible at schools and daycare centers. This includes offering only emergency care in daycare centers and strictly maintaining the minimum distance in schools. Then, as in the previous school year, classes would usually have to be divided and taught in groups alternately at school and at home. In addition, all pupils, including those in primary schools, must always wear a mask. The city does not want to take these measures because, as it argues, there is currently “no increased outbreak” at schools and daycare centers: In Munich, 39 out of around 5,000 school classes and 30 out of 4,500 daycare groups are currently in quarantine.
How long do all these rules apply and are violations punished?
The new rules for Munich will initially apply for 14 days, i.e. up to and including October 27th. Then the city decides again; if the corona situation has not eased, the rules may be extended.
If you break the rules, you risk a fine. The amount depends on which rule has been disregarded. The Bavarian fine catalog lists a total of 23 different violations: Anyone who violates the contact restriction must therefore pay 150 euros. If you don’t wear a mask, even 250 euros. There are tougher penalties if someone knowingly violates quarantine requirements and thus accepts to infect other people with Sars-CoV-2. Then there is a risk of criminal law consequences – regardless of the newly established rules.
How does the city justify the new restrictions?
The city refers to the seven-day incidence of Munich, which since Monday, October 12th, has again exceeded the critical value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. This value fluctuates: on Monday, when the new regulations were decided, it was 50.6 according to the Robert Koch Institute and 50.53 according to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL). On Tuesday, the LGL put him at 53.7. The current values can be found in this overview.
The city had already put special emphasis on compulsory masks, restrictions on private parties and on serving and drinking alcohol bans at the end of September, when the incidence value had risen above 50 for the first time since spring. She justified this step by stating that younger people in particular were infected with the corona virus, not least when partying in public places. Therefore large gatherings of people should be avoided. In other German cities, the corona virus also often spreads at private celebrations. At the end of September, the heads of government of the federal states agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel on rules like those in Munich should the number of infections rise.
The city is now “at a crucial point, whether we can further contain the spread of the corona virus or whether the virus is spreading uncontrollably,” said Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) on Monday. Everyone is now called upon to take responsibility and prevent a second lockdown. The Munich hospital beds are currently relatively low. But that could “change very quickly if we don’t act decisively now”.
Can I move freely outside of Munich?
In Bavaria, there are currently no travel restrictions for Munich residents. Overnight trips are also still possible. The Free State recently issued an accommodation ban, according to which residents of Corona risk areas in Bayerb are no longer allowed to stay in a hotel or guesthouse. There are only exceptions if a traveler has a valid family, medical or professional reason for their trip, or if they can present a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours. However, the prerequisite for the ban is that the Free State has expressly declared a district or city to be a risk area. Munich is not affected.
However, people in Munich have to be prepared for the fact that they can no longer easily travel anywhere outside of Bavaria. Similar to Bavaria, several federal states have issued travel restrictions for people who live or have stayed in a district or city where the seven-day incidence is over 50 – e.g. in Munich. In Baden-Württemberg, for example, hotels and pensions have been banned from hosting guests from such areas and communities since July. There are only exceptions there if travelers can present an official certificate that must not be older than 48 hours – or if they can prove that they have stayed away from the city or the infection scene for a week. Other federal states have made similar rules.
The Moscow mayor’s office is considering a scenario with the closure for visiting nightclubs, bars and karaoke, RBC said, citing a source in the city’s mayor’s office and a source familiar with the plan for the imposed restrictions.
“There is no talk of closing restaurants, that is, places where people come to eat and drink sitting at tables. Drinking and nightlife establishments with a large crowd of people cause concern from the point of view of the spread of the disease, ”a source in the mayor’s office said.
According to the interlocutor of the publication, such measures can be introduced in order to reduce traffic in the city and not come to the introduction of severe restrictions. According to the source, the Moscow mayor’s office is still discussing how the proposed restrictions can be implemented and what criteria should be used to classify establishments as drinking establishments, since there are many places in Moscow with a mixed mode of operation: during the day they work as restaurants, in the evening – as bars.
The motto in the Palais has recently been: “Meet – Drink – Swing”. But you could also simply say: everything, just don’t dance. Because, as the doorman at the entrance makes it unmistakably clear: if you dance, you fly. The blame for the dance ban is – how could it be otherwise – the corona virus. The corona crisis is also the reason why the nightclub had to close around six months ago.
Unlike many other clubs, where you are still standing in front of closed doors, the operators of the Palais have now come up with a new concept and quickly converted their club to bar operation. And so that the district administration department does not close the shop again so soon after the reopening, rocking to the beat of the music is currently the highest of emotions.
But turning a former strip club, which was a late night nightclub until the beginning of the year, into a normal bar – can that really work? After all, the Palais not far from the main train station has so far lived from excess. At the moment, however, partying with the handbrake on is the order of the day, for the sake of distance regulations. And so it feels strange at first to climb the steps past nude photographs and to enter the dark room, which is only illuminated by stroboscopic light, for the first time well before midnight.
On the other hand, in places like these you quickly lose a sense of what is going on outside. The only indication that a global pandemic is keeping the world in suspense is perhaps that you have to put on your mask yourself to go to the toilet and that the bartenders always wear one. But that has long since become normal.
Drinks: Beer, hard liquor
Audience: Friends of electronic dance music
The atmosphere: clubbig
Opening hours: Thu. 9 pm-4pm, Fr. and Sa. 21 to 5 p.m.
Instead of deafening music and sweaty bodies rubbing against each other on the dance floor, you can now sit in a small group on one of the swings covered in leopard print and concentrate on good conversations and alcohol consumption while listening to music at a comfortable volume. It fits very well that there is always happy hour from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Long drinks then cost five euros, beer only 2.50 euros. They call it kamikaze in the palace. Can you understand it to mean that short, heavy noises caused by Corona are preferable to long, heavy nights? It doesn’t matter, the main thing is that you can swing.
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“Summer in the city”, sing the three Glacier shredder right in front of the copper brew kettles, “It’s summer again, summer in the city.” The fact that the band triggers a cautiously good, but not exactly euphoric mood at Paulaner am Nockherberg, has of course to do with the cold, wet five degrees Celsius in the city on this Friday evening. But inside it’s cozy and warm at the Wirtshaus-Wiesn. The mood brake has another name that even the very best gastronomy marketing cannot forget and that accompanies you quite intensively on a nightly pub crawl: Corona.
It is “difficult”, “you can tell that the people would like to celebrate”, says Max Gutsmiedl, who stands in front of the brew kettle in costume with an accordion. But party, that’s not possible now because of the pandemic. As a professional musician, he also bitterly felt the effects of this. Of 180 appointments in this corona year, a good 120 were completely canceled. And the abrupt changeover of his teaching activities at the University of Regensburg to online operation, where he teaches “practical piano playing” with a teaching assignment, was also “not that easy”. Gutsmiedl knows just as well as the battered restaurateurs what is going on. “I’m happy that ‘at least there is and that d’Leut also stick to the rules very much.”
On the Nockherberg, the guests actually obey the rules this Friday evening, but that’s not the case everywhere. At the weekend, the police reported three major missions due to violations of the infection protection requirements: In a bar in Ludwigsvorstadt, in a bar in Berg am Laim, where almost a hundred guests were gathered, and at a private party in Freimann with more than 130 Guests, where neither distances were kept nor masks were worn – and it will now be expensive.
Gutsmiedl knows how to classify it all. During these days he would be standing with his two glacier fellows Alexander Hackl (guitar, Styrian harmonica) and Christian Mosinger (accordion, vocals) with the Chapel Schwarzfischer on the podium in the Schottenhamel festival tent at the real Oktoberfest. He’s always been there for the past eleven years. Now he is grateful that there is at least the Wirtshaus-Wiesn, with performances in the Nockherberg restaurant. The ballroom is not in use – and in the restaurant at 8.45 p.m., i.e. at the best time, it looks as if the landlord has just unlocked: Free spaces between the guests – because of the necessary distance. Although the restaurant is fully occupied according to Corona rules and the operations manager at the entrance has to politely refuse new guests.
Not only the staff at the Paulaner pay close attention to compliance with the requirements, but also Max Gutsmiedl, who is something like the extra guardian in the large restaurant. The man from the Bavarian Forest alternates the usual Wiesn animation hymn “Prosit der Gemütlichkeit”, performed here with great musical virtuosity, with loving references to wearing a mask. And when he sees a group of rather tipsy young people in the distance, who get up from their table without protecting themselves or others with a mask, the glacier breakers sometimes stop the Landler they are singing. “All of us put our masks on when we are sitting at the table, that goes for the table back there!” Calls Gutsmiedl into the microphone.
Corona even has an impact on music. They are happy to play “Hey there’s a venison ragout” on request, and incidentally with very beautiful singing, and if you like, you can enjoy a “Venison shovel with wild herbs and Kaisersemmel dumplings” (24 euros). But “Cordula Grün”, which is requested about 20 times a day by the beer-loving audience, is not. If there was too much party, it shouldn’t be. Gutsmiedl is not only a music teacher, but also a music psychologist and knows how to adjust the mood so that everything runs smoothly. After a cool Spider-Murphy-Gang-Number of pieces from their repertoire of around 500 pieces, they just unpack an old, cozy hit: “My darling has fawn eyes”. That reassures us, “we have it relatively under control”. The plant manager probably means that when she enthusiastically praises: “The boys are really good!” Dosing artist.
The question of the correct, i.e. resident-compatible, dose of nocturnal noise from partiers has been settled on this Friday evening at Gärtnerplatz: At five degrees Celsius and rain showers, only a small, young group pulls onto the steps of the theater, it’s quiet outside. And inside too, right around the corner, in the Holy Home, a very cozy bar where Niko Hasselt and colleague Biene ensure that the shop stays loosely filled and doesn’t get full.
“Supervised drinking” is currently that, says Biene, because they have to take care of those who are no longer completely sober, especially with masks. Another reason, adds Niko Hasselt, because “everyone is terribly afraid of winter” – for which they hope to be able to run their outdoor café on Reichenbachstrasse under a roof. They first had to close in March and then offered a kiosk with to-go supplies at the end of May.
“We were only able to stay afloat with out-of-home sales,” he says. Later, a few toasts were added to the range so that we could reopen as a restaurant. The cheese-ham or goat cheese-honey toasts cost 3.50 euros and have proven themselves, only the “Toast Elvis” has not yet been ordered. Elvis is supposed to have eaten himself, but who in Munich likes the combination of banana, peanut butter and maple syrup, and all of it fried?
A few hundred meters further on, in the Zephyr cocktail bar on Baaderstrasse, four couples are turtling and don’t have to feel pressured by the audience because everyone is at a distance. In addition to mixing, barkeeper Jakob Habel also manages the admission himself. At midnight, he has to turn away six recognizably tipsy men who had previously been to the Munich Hofbräuhaus. “I have the table for you, but I’m only allowed to place three there at the moment.” They briefly consult outside, split up, three come back. This is how it works Someone demands “the absolute hardest alcohol you have there”, gets a “Long Island” and is satisfied.
“You can go on holiday here despite Corona,” says a sign behind the bar. This is of course optimistic about purpose, as is the case with the Wirtshaus-Wiesn, which cannot and may not like a real Oktoberfest. But it’s no longer summer in the city either.
by Helmut Poppe
(22.09.2020) Two thirds of the respondents believe that the risk of infection is particularly high in bars, restaurants and public transport. Only 33 percent see a risk in schools and kindergartens.
Fear of closed spaces
Foto: Trotec GmbH
The majority of Germans are afraid of being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in closed rooms. This is shown by a current survey by the polling institute Civey on the subject of “Corona protection in autumn” on behalf of the air purifier manufacturer Trotec. Most of the 5,000 respondents rate the risk in bars and restaurants as particularly high (63.4 percent), followed by fitness studios, sports halls and yoga studios (50 percent). 64 percent of Germans are worried about infection on buses and trains.
The risk of infection in schools and kindergartens is underestimated
The survey participants thus confirm what leading virologists have repeatedly emphasized: the risk of Covid-19 infection is particularly high indoors. In contrast, most of the respondents underestimate the risk of infection in schools and kindergartens. Just one third of parents fear a risk of infection here (34.6 percent), with childless it is only 31.7 percent.
This is precisely why experts are sounding the alarm: In the cool autumn and winter, a lack of preventive measures could quickly lead to an increase in corona outbreaks that force schools to close again, warned the German Society for Virology in August. And with good reason: in the few weeks since the end of the summer vacation, numerous schools across Germany have had to be closed. Despite compliance with the recommendations regarding door and window ventilation.
Effective corona protection indoors: AHA plus air purify
“We have to add an L to the AHA rule for ‘clean air’ – in the interest of school children and many companies that can thus be saved from a new lockdown,” warns Jochem Weingartz, air cleaning expert at Trotec. Because distance, hygiene and everyday masks protect against direct infection through coughing or sneezing, but not against infection from virus-laden aerosols, which get into the air while breathing and speaking and float in the air for hours. Dr. Thomas Voshaar, advisor to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, blames the invisible pathogens for around 80 percent of corona infections. Frequent ventilation helps, but is not a sensible alternative in winter if schoolchildren or restaurant guests should not be cold.
Therefore: The safest solution for effective protection against infection indoors are suitable air purifiers with H14 HEPA filters (certified according to DIN EN 1822). Only these devices are able to safely filter microscopic, virus-contaminated aerosols from the room air and to supply the rooms with clean, virus-filtered pure air. This is also confirmed by Professor Dr. Christian Kähler, head of the Institute for Flow Research and Aerodynamics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, who tested various devices, including the mobile high-performance air cleaner TAC V + from Trotec: “Air cleaners with a large volume flow and high-quality filters of class H14 are a very useful technical solution, to sensibly reduce the indirect risk of infection from aerosols. “
Air purifiers provide security
However, there is still a great need for clarification when it comes to air purification. The general population is not aware of all the options for protecting against infection indoors. Around two thirds of the participants in the Civey survey rely on measures such as observing the AHA rule (65.8 percent) and regular ventilation (59 percent). Only one in four (26.9 percent) thinks that room air filters offer good protection. However, respondents who are familiar with this technical solution have great confidence in it: 56.1 percent of the participants say they feel safe from being infected with corona viruses in a room with a certified air filter system.
Experts call for air purifiers for every classroom
The use of professional air purifiers is currently widely discussed in politics, media and business. Numerous parents, teachers and experts call for their commitment – especially in schools. Politicians like Erwin Rüddel (CDU), the chairman of the health committee of the German Bundestag, and Professor Dr. Karl Lauterbach join in these appeals: “If we want to prevent schoolchildren from getting infected with the corona virus in winter, we need a mobile air filter in every classroom,” said the SPD health expert.
For the survey:
The Civey survey “Corona protection in autumn” was carried out from September 15 to 17, 2020 and is representative of the population in Germany. Further data on the assessment of Germans with regard to age, federal states and various areas of life (retail, gastronomy, school, kindergarten, doctors, public transport, offices, fitness studios, train stations and airports) are available on request. (ots)