A heated discussion has broken out about traveling to Mallorca. Shortly before the Corona summit, the prime ministers are calling for a tough tightening – not only for trips to Spain.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 prime ministers have been discussing how to proceed with the pandemic at the Corona summit since 2 p.m. There are already three draft resolutions for the top round – The position of the federal states and the Federal Chancellery can be found in it. Discussed publicly and between the federal and state governments: vacation trips to Mallorca, which have been possible again since mid-March without compulsory testing and quarantine.
Several Prime Ministers have sharply criticized this federal decision, and there is also great criticism on the Internet. Shortly before the peak meeting on Monday lunchtime, the country chiefs follow up and insist on new travel rules for Germans: “Travel, especially vacation trips abroad, must be combined with an epidemiologically required quarantine and an obligation to test before the return trip, regardless of incidences in the destination country.” it there now.
This does not only apply to Mallorca – according to this formulation, all holiday trips abroad would soon be subject to quarantine and testing. Regardless of whether the trip is going to a risk area or not.
Tui boss: “Mallorca is not overcrowded”
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) are calling for general quarantine after trips abroad, according to AFP.
Müller said on ARD: “Of course it is like that when people from all possible countries come together in a holiday area, then there are contacts where new chains of infection arise and they are then brought back home. And that does not work. ”
But how risky is a Mallorca vacation really? Is it busier than usual? Marek Andryszak, head of Tui Germany, appeased and said on t-online request: “Mallorca is in demand, but not overcrowded.”
“Only Germans” on Mallorca
Of the 1,000 hotels on the island, “not even ten percent” are open at Easter. “It will be a quiet vacation – no parties, no free beer and the restaurants will only be available for delivery after 5 pm,” continued Andryszak. “In this sense, there is no excessive run on Mallorca – we fly like in a normal Easter season.”
He therefore “never tires” of making it clear that travelers on package holidays “are not at risk when returning to Germany,” said the company boss. In addition, in an interview with t-online, he repeated what he had previously said to the “Bild” newspaper: “Only Germans will be in Mallorca at Easter, the British and many other Europeans cannot fly to the Balearic Islands.”
Mallorca decision a “real mood killer”
But not everyone is as relaxed as he is. Even Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) is beside himself with the subject of Mallorca: “I cannot explain to people why there are special flights to Mallorca,” he said at a meeting of the CDU presidium of the “Bild” newspaper.
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach speaks out in favor of tests on those returning to Mallorca – but against an obligation to quarantine. “Those who have been tested and are negative do not have to be quarantined because Mallorca is not a risk area.”
So far, the prime ministers have been calling for Mallorca to be declared a risk area again. “The lifting of the travel warning for Mallorca by the federal government was a serious mistake,” said Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) to the editorial network Germany. “It would be best if the federal government would reverse its decision.”
The Mallorca decision is a “real mood killer”, Weil continues. “I think we have to talk today about whether this decision is actually carved in stone or not.” Like Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein, Prime Minister Weil wants to make Easter vacation possible for his citizens in their own country.
The federal government’s decision on Mallorca is also highly controversial on the internet. Users particularly criticize the fact that the tightening plans for Germany, which include exit restrictions at night, are disproportionate “if thousands fly to Mallorca at the same time”.
The federal government wants to decide “quickly”
In the latest decision paper from Monday morning, the federal government shows that it is ready to discuss the quarantine and testing requirements for trips abroad, regardless of the number of infections, but has not yet made a decision. The federal government will decide “swiftly” “in which cases a test is compulsory and in which cases a quarantine is necessary on entry regardless of incidences in the country of travel,” the paper says.
The federal government’s tourism commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, defended the lifting of the travel warning for Mallorca in front of the switch: Because of the incidence of less than 30 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the travel warning for Mallorca is no longer appropriate, he told Phoenix. “For me it was bitter that we are making Mallorca possible and that there are no more travel warnings there, but the Black Forest hotel or the hotel on the Baltic Sea must remain closed.”