SOME beaches on the German Baltic coast were so full on weekends that no one could enter. Places by the sea escape the crowds of tourists who have decided to go on holiday in their home country. Chancellor Angela Merkel is concerned.
The age of the crown also extended to the school holidays, and this is when Germans traditionally rush to the summer holidays. As a rule, their favorite destination is the Mediterranean – Italy, Croatia, Spain, Turkey. But many plans failed this year, so alternatives had to be sought and the least intimidation was promised by a vacation in the home country, writes Deutsche Welle.
On weekends, the beautiful weather drew so many tourists to the beaches of the Baltic Sea that in some places, such as Scharbeutz and Haffkrug, they announced that their beaches were filled to the brim. The number of visitors is limited due to the social distance rules.
“Guests are invited to simply walk through our house,” wrote Bettina Schefer, Mayor of Scharbeut, a town some fifteen kilometers north of Lübeck.
During the weekend, the beaches and parking lots are full and only residents and tourists can enter the place with reservations in hotels and apartments. This sunny weekend coincided with the start of the summer holidays in six German provinces.
Merkel: It is still serious
Even if there are places on the beaches of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, some tourists cannot come at all. A number of provinces have issued decrees that citizens from regions particularly affected by the corona may only stay in hotels if they have a new negative test for the virus.
Over the past few days, more than 600,000 people from Gütersloh and Warendorf, two municipalities in West Germany, have been affected by a corona outbreak in Europe’s largest slaughterhouse. Strict measures have been taken in both districts and the Tönnies meat factory has been sharply criticized for the desperate conditions in which newcomers from the Balkans in particular live and work.
The danger is not even close, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Saturday.
“Take this seriously, because it is serious,” is her message to the citizens.