The only dark red spot on the Robert Koch Institute’s Corona overview map is in Bavaria: The Dingolfing-Landau district is the new nationwide Corona hotspot. After the outbreak at a vegetable farm in Mamming, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days (7-day incidence) is almost four times as high as the limit 50 at 191.
However, since the infections have so far been restricted to harvest helpers, the state government has decided to forego a local lockdown. There are also no travel restrictions within Bavaria. In several other federal states, however, people from the Dingolfing-Landau district have to adjust to travel restrictions. Because several countries have issued a quarantine obligation or a ban on accommodation for people from corona hotspots.
Schleswig-Holstein classifies the district of Dingolfing as a risk area
For example, holidays on the Schleswig-Holstein North and Baltic Sea coast for people from the Dingolfing-Landau district are currently only possible if they submit a negative corona test that is no older than 48 hours at the time of entry. Because the Kiel Ministry of Health today classified the Lower Bavarian district as the only “risk area in Germany”.
And those who travel to Schleswig-Holstein from such a risk area must – without a negative test – be quarantined for 14 days and report to the local health department. According to the authorities, a quarantine is “conceivable” in a holiday apartment or hotel room, provided that no common areas are entered.
Restrictions also in other federal states
Similar rules as in Schleswig-Holstein also apply in Rhineland-Palatinate, for example. The Hamburg Anti-Corona Ordinance prohibits overnight stays for people from corona hotspots if they cannot provide a medical certificate.
People from the Dingolfing-Landau district are also currently not allowed to travel to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the local health ministry on request from the BR. The only way out, according to the spokeswoman: “The guests have a medical certificate that confirms that there is no evidence of infection with the Corona virus.” Violations are not exactly cheap in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: hotel operators face a fine of 5,000 euros, despite the ban people entering the country can face up to 2,000 euros.
The ban on accommodation in Baden-Württemberg also provides for exceptions – for people who have a negative corona test or can prove that the infection process is local in their area and that they have not been there for seven days. Before starting your vacation, residents of the Dingolfing-Landau district should therefore definitely inform themselves about the rules applicable in the respective federal state.
For the time being, no restriction within Bavaria
In Bavaria, however, there are no travel restrictions for people from the district. The Free State was one of the first federal states to ban people from corona hotspots – as part of the debate about the corona outbreak at the Tönnies meat company in the Gütersloh district of North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the current Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, this ban only applies to travelers from other federal states. “This does not apply to guests with a negative corona test that was carried out at most 48 hours before arrival,” the document says.
The Bavarian Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) initially sees no need to allow people from the affected Dingolfing-Landau district to vacation in other regions of the Free State without a negative corona test. So far, there is “a very clearly defined infection rate on site in Mamming,” she told the BR. According to Huml, it was different a few weeks ago in the Gütersloh district – because the infection around the Tönnies slaughterhouse was “not so clearly delineated”.
Hotel and restaurant association also expects consequences in the Free State
The regional manager of the Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), Thomas Geppert, confirmed on BR’s request that there is currently no ban on accommodation for people from the Dingolfing-Landau district in the Free State. However, it is assumed that the corresponding regulation will be adapted quickly – and then people from Bavarian corona hotspots will also have to show a negative test in order to be able to stay in Bavarian hotels.