Published on : Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Police drove away more than 500 vacationers from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the state’s ban on tourism. The state also held a spontaneous vaccination drive for people over 60.
Hundreds of people visiting the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania over the Easter holiday weekend were asked to leave by the authorities after they failed to present a convincing reason for their stay.
The northern state, known for its Baltic Sea coastline, is a popular tourist destination, particularly among day-trippers.
A total of 343 people in 189 vehicles were expelled from the state on Good Friday, and 193 people were asked to leave on Saturday after officers checked 91 vehicles in Neubrandenburg in Mecklenburg’s Lake District.
“Overall, the people who were turned away behaved in a cooperative and friendly manner. A total of 790 vehicles were checked,” the authorities said.
The police further urged “all citizens to observe the current corona virus regulations in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and refer in particular to the existing restrictions and hygiene regulations.”
Tourism, even as a day trip, is not allowed in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania due to the pandemic restrictions. However, visits to members of immediate family, like parents and children, are allowed.
An impromptu vaccination drive took place on Saturday in Mecklenburg’s Lake District. People over the age of 60 received shots at vaccination centers in Neubrandenburg and Waren without an appointment. However, waiting time often extended for more than an hour.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has received about 312,000 vaccine doses so far, according to the Health Ministry.
Nationwide, the number of confirmed corona virus cases increased by 12,196 on Sunday, with a total of 2,885,386 infections, as per data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.