Corona restrictions – the great desire to open – the district of Munich

Sebastian Ametsbichler can not train to the end. At ten o’clock he must flee the hall at the Otterloher Feld in Sauerlach to get home just in time. Born in Sauerlach, who manages the TSV handball players as a playmaker, lives in Otterfing, just across the municipal border in the neighboring district of Miesbach – and there was still a curfew from 10 pm at the end of last week, the seven-day incidence is still too high. “It’s a little annoying,” the 26-year-old student says. But in fact, he was just happy to be able to train in the hall again at all.

This is possible again in the Munich district because the incidence has been well below 50 for days, and since Thursday, a negative test has not even been required in many areas to enjoy more freedom again.

The Sauerlach handball players have for months always met on Thursdays for zoom training; all alone in front of the laptop or tablet, there were individual training plans for everyone. Now we finally train together again – indoors, without contact, but at least. “It’s nice to see the teammates again, everyone was looking forward to it,” said Ametsbichler. Before training in the hall, the state league players run together “to extend the training time,” says the playmaker.

They can even train outdoors with full contact again, but it’s no drama for him that it is not about to start in the gym yet. “All ankles are grateful after such a long time,” he says, laughing. When they can start playing again is in the stars, he says, “maybe like last year in September or October, if the vaccination is right”.

In the Taufkirchner fitness studio “Ladys fit”, the mats are placed at a suitable distance from each other in the brightly lit training room. Not many athletes have arrived yet, the restart starts slowly. But manager Sandra Hippler is relieved that she can reopen her gym for women in Taufkirchen. “Very little is happening,” she says.

Hippler suspects that many of the members do not yet dare to play sports in a closed room with others. “Older customers in particular may still be waiting for their second vaccination.” According to the CEO, the athletes who are currently coming into the studio are happy with the opportunity to train on the spot again. During the lockdown, Hippler offered online courses, which she now wants to continue despite the opening. However, these could not replace personal contact in the studio, “it missed many very much”.

In “Plus Fit” in Oberschleißheim, on the other hand, there has been a lot of bustle in the first few days since the reopening, when an employee says: “Sometimes more happens here than before the closure.” That a negative test has no longer been necessary for the visit since Thursday has further improved the situation. According to the employee, the studio is never crowded, which is why the athletes can train as long as they want without time limits. “We have enough space, people can spread out well.”

The weather destroys the joy of the landlords

Holger Müller and Thomas Bendig are a little more reserved in their joy. The two restaurateurs must keep an eye on two values ​​- the number of infections and the temperatures. The weather has spoiled their business a lot in the past week. “We have upgraded our outdoor area again with umbrellas, radiant heaters and blankets,” says Holger Müller, owner of Waldeslust in Unterhaching.

But if it starts to rain heavily when the schnitzel is served, eating outdoors is hardly a pleasure. Thomas Bendig is also still considering whether to immediately reopen his bar and pizzeria “Feuer und Stein” in Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn for guests. He is on holiday until June 4, after which it depends on the weather and the general conditions. “I do not open one day and then close again for four days,” says Bendig. “I have to pre-produce my sauces.”

If there are not enough guests, the restaurateurs cannot work to cover their costs. “We have an urgent need to open the inside as well,” Müller demands. People wanted to eat out, he says. Recent openings point in the right direction. “I’m already optimistic that things are moving forward now,” Müller said. Even though the hosts still have questions about how they can hold larger events such as weddings.

The students at TU in Garching will initially participate in their courses primarily online. Although the development in the number of infections is encouraging, reliable information about the effects on university operations can not yet be given, says press spokesman Ulrich Meyer. “We are dependent on official requirements here, for example in terms of distance rules and thus also the number of people who are allowed to stay in our premises at the same time.” In the current summer semester, not much will change in relation to attendance. “We need to offer our students planning security,” Meyer says.

TU-Audimax in Garching will remain empty all summer.

(Photo: Catherine Hess)

In return, the halls will again be filled with dance enthusiasts. The first dance tournament after the long lockdown will take place in Unterschleißheim on Saturday 29 May in the town hall, says Peter Klempfner, chairman of Unterschleißheim’s dance sports club. A total of 14 couples are registered in main group A and 23 couples in senior III S group. The competition in Unterschleißheim is only offered in two starting classes for the couples from the Bavarian state team. All dancers look forward to the personal meeting. “All sports fans have been missing the meeting at the gym for almost eight months,” Klempfner said.

Everyone also wants to get back to training. At present, however, only tournament pairs in the Bavarian state squad are allowed. Group training is still not allowed. Klempfner is happy that the members of the dance sports club are still very loyal. There are hardly any dismissals, only the usual fluctuations, especially among the younger ones. “The big challenge for all sports clubs, including the Tanzsport-Club Unterschleißheim, is currently recruiting new members. For hardly anyone who is interested decides to become a new member if training in the group cannot be offered.”

Johann Schuster, leader of the folk dancer group in Pullach, looks to the future. “My great hope rests on the morning dance in the beer garden of the Großhesselohe forestry business on Sunday, July 25,” he says. From 8 a.m. to noon, “Maschant Tanzlmusi” will finally play again, and many folk dancers would like to get up early again to dance in the beer garden. Schuster also hopes that evenings can be rehearsed in June and July, both for the folk dances and for the Renaissance dance community.

He does not dare to be really happy yet. “I think it’s thin ice,” he says skeptically. But now there really is nothing that stands in the way of a couple dancing, says Schuster. “You have to consider that 80 to 90 percent of my clientele are already fully vaccinated because of their age, and a not insignificant number have survived Corona.”

“We will definitely open on June 7.” This is what Thomas Wurmseder, owner of Tanzhaus Emotion in Unterhaching, says. All courses will then take place again, both for children and adults, of course with a hygiene concept. You enter the dance school with a mask, but you can take it off while you dance. Gathering strangers as dance couples is currently not possible, you have to sign up in pairs. Wurmseder has invested again for the restart, namely in air purification filters for 23,000 euros, which now reliably kills all viruses he promises. Incidentally, state aid from January to May has not yet arrived.

Maria Leeb is happy to be able to move back to the ballet center in Grünwald with her yoga group after the Pentecost holiday. Teaching with a hygiene concept will take place. This includes social distancing, walking around wearing an FFP2 mask that can be removed on the mat, and presenting vaccination records showing full vaccination or a negative test.

The ensemble Haar looks cautiously optimistic about the coming weeks. “The permission for amateur orchestras to play in groups of ten is actually useless, but we will try everything: rehearsals with a special permit or outdoors if the weather is good,” explains Georg Freitag, spokesman for the ensemble. Up to ten people are allowed indoors for rehearsals of amateur ensembles, outdoors up to 20. A reorganization of the hall concert, scheduled for July 4 for an outdoor event, is also being considered – or as an additional alternative: renting a stage with a tent. “Everything is changing, we can not make any firm statements yet, but hope dies eventually. We will keep at it.”

On the other hand, there can be no question of a spirit of optimism in the hotel industry. “It’s progressing slowly. We currently have an occupancy rate of just 20 percent,” said Cynzia Russonielle, CEO of Schlosshotel Grünwald. Many business people have switched to working from home and are now missing from the booking list, she says.

Lisa Thumm, CEO of Holiday Inn in Unterhaching, agrees. Tourists are now checking in again for the first time, but in manageable numbers, she says. The fact that there are currently only a few business people who book overnight stays with her is simply due to the fact that training and further education events are allowed, but conferences are still prohibited. She hopes things return to normal soon.

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