Tighter restrictions in travel in Germany could result layoffs

Published on : Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The tourism industry of Germany has exercised caution in regard to layoffs and bankruptcies, if authorities inflict lockdowns once again which would be to curb the second phase virus spread including enforcing quarantine for those returning from international holidays.


On Monday, the entire national and regional leaders meet in the evening to make a decision on the next round of steps to be taken to tackle the coronavirus, mulling requiring quarantine for all travelers returning, not just those who were in high-risk areas.


“From the point of view of the tourism industry, it is unacceptable and absolutely disproportionate to quarantine, irrespective of the incidence rate at the destination,” said Michael Frenzel, president of the BTW tourism association.
DRV and BDL, the other two tourism industry associations explained that once again limiting international travel could cost jobs for the sector’s 2,300 tour operators and 10,000 travel agencies.


So far, state aid has only compensated for a fraction of the costs the industry went through due to the pandemic, they said.


Germany in earlier March, removed Mallorca, and Portugal from its list of coronavirus risk areas. This decision of the government pushed thousands of Germans to plan last-minute Easter getaways to this Balearic island in Spain.


According to a draft proposal, Germany is all prepared to extend a lockdown into its fifth month through April 18 , as infection rates exceeded the level at which authorities say hospitals will be overstretched.

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