According to Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), the corona situation in Bavaria continues to ease. The “positive trend” makes a “well-balanced, cautious opening” possible, Söder said after a ministerial meeting in Munich. In regions with a 7-day incidence of more than 100, the federal emergency brake applies, with values below 100 Bavaria using the freedom. The government therefore initiated further easing.
From Friday “Click & Fit”
From Friday, fitness studios will also be allowed to reopen in Bavaria – in counties and urban areas with a stable incidence below 100. “With tests and bookings and masks up to the device,” Söder explained, “under the motto Click & Fit”. If the incidence drops below 50, visitors are not required to present a negative coronate test.
Culture and sports outdoors with spectators
Also from Friday, there will also be the opportunity for outdoor cultural events in counties and urban areas with a value below 100: According to Söder, a maximum of 250 spectators are allowed – “with a test, with mask and fixed seating”. The same requirements should then also apply to spectators at outdoor sporting events.
Outdoor pools must open
As announced last week, the Council of Ministers also decided to open outdoor pools in municipalities with a 7-day incidence of less than 100 from Friday. Visitors must book time and adhere to minimum distances. If the incidence is between 50 and 100, you must also give a negative corona test, below 50 this test obligation does not apply.
Pentecost weekend tourism
Openings for tourism had already been decided within the last two weeks: Where the incidence value is stable below 100, hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments and campsites will be allowed to welcome guests again from Friday, just in time for the start of the Pentecost holiday.
Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) announced that his house would continue “generously” when he assessed the “stable incidence below 100”. “We will now say: five days of stable occurrence and on the seventh day – up to now Pentecost weekend – can be opened”. So far, openings were planned for the eighth day.
Fairs scheduled from 1 September
Söder also announced that trade fairs will be allowed again from 1 September. According to Economy Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters), a trade fair for interior design will take place in Munich from 10 to 12 July as a “pilot fair”. He was optimistic that the International Motor Show (IAA) could be held in Munich for the first time in September.
No time for indoor gastronomy yet
While beer gardens and outdoor areas with restaurants and cafés are already open in some regions of Bavaria, there is still no date for indoor gastronomy. Söder announced that the state government would advise on how to proceed in early June. “We’re just moving forward step by step,” Söder said. “The better it gets, the more possible.”
Relief for schools and day care institutions
According to Söder, after the Pentecost holiday, there will only be distance learning at all types of schools in regions with an incidence of over 165. Between 50 and 165 students would be taught alternately at home and at school. With an incidence below 50, full face-to-face instruction is planned for all students. Previously, this was only possible in primary schools.
After Pentecost, the vast majority of students will go on alternating or face-to-face until summer. Regardless of the local occurrence, masks and tests, according to Söder, will remain mandatory in schools. “Because the incidence of the younger ones is higher and because we certainly want to ensure the stability of the school,” he said.
The same thresholds will apply to childcare facilities from June 7: If the incidence is below 50, normal operation will take place, the prime minister said. In regions with values between 50 and 165, children must be cared for in permanent groups, with a higher incidence there is only emergency care.
What does the opposition say?
The parliamentary group leader of the AfD in the state parliament, Ingo Hahn, criticized in BR24Live that the population did not get their rights back despite declining incidence rates. He also expressed fears that “the reins will be tightened again” after the parliamentary elections.
FDP faction leader Martin Hagen was disappointed. He had wanted the gastronomy and hotel industry to be allowed to open regardless of occurrence. Youth policy rapporteur for his parliamentary group, Julika Sandt, warned that “day care, school, youth work and all sports must open as soon as possible regardless of the occurrence”.