UPDATE COVID-19, 20. Edition – 24.09.-30.09.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 20. Edition – 24.09.-30.09.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 20. Edition – 24.09.-30.09.2020 540 341 fame creative lab

Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.

Short Overview – German-speaking Markets

The COVID-19 quarantine measures are being further untightened in all German states. All federal states are responsible for their own implementation. They have also released the strict regulations towards (however always observing the sanitary and distancing recommendations):

  • After the COVID-19 numbers are increasing in the last weeks some new measures and rules have been implemented
    • limit of 50 persons for public celebrations in high affected regions
    • increasing use of rapid tests
    • travel to risk areas and countries should be avoided

·       Opening of cinemas, theatres, opera houses

·       Permission of events (depending on state for up to 500 people) with social distancing rules

·       Permission of contact sports inside as well as outside

·       Opening of indoor playgrounds, houses in zoological gardens, escape rooms

·       Schools have opened with regular classes after the summer holidays however some states already introduced the compulsory use of masks

Current relevant topics within the tourism industry

  • TUI further steams down the offer in winter. For the winter, capacity will be reduced by a further 20 percent to around 40 percent of the originally planned volume, according to Group CEO Fritz Joussen According to Joussen, the Group still has around two billion Euro in the till, but every month there is an outflow of money in the “low to mid three-digit million range. (Reise vor9)
  • Minister of Health warns across-the-board against vacations abroad. Setback for the restart of the travel industry: Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has called on Germans not to travel abroad in autumn and winter but to stay in Germany. The summer had shown that travelers had brought more infections home with them. (Reise vor9)
  • New test and quarantine rules will probably come later. According to a “Bild” report, the new set of rules for those entering the country from corona risk areas, which was passed at the end of August, will not come into force on October 1 as planned, but only after the fall vacations. Until then, returnees could still avoid compulsory quarantine by carrying out free tests. (Reise vor9)
  • Corona crisis unhinged the hotel market. Experts fear that the end of top addresses such as Anna in Munich or Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt could only be the beginning of a dramatic selection process. In view of the still incalculable day-to-day business, it is possible that many operators will run out of steam, especially in the city hotel industry, which has been hit hardest. The deferral of rent payments would only solve problems in the short term. Insiders do not believe that hotel beds will disappear from the market in the long term. (FAZ)
  • DRV: campaign against forced quarantine. “Coronatest statt Stubenarrest” is the motto of a new social media campaign of the DRV against the forced quarantine for travel returnees planned by the German government. This is to apply from 15 October when holidaying in a risk area. A forced quarantine is “disproportionate”, the association criticizes. “This is the wrong way and it leads the travel industry directly into a second lockdown,” says DRV President Norbert Fiebig. In his opinion, the introduction of the coronavirus can be “effectively prevented” by the targeted use of tests when entering Germany. In contrast to quarantine, which cannot be controlled, tests ensure “adequate risk minimization”, says Fiebig. The head of the association also criticizes: “Stigmatizing foreign travel is not appropriate, it makes people feel insecure and is tantamount to a ban on travel agencies and tour operators. Most infections – approximately two thirds – would take place in the private sphere. Vacation in Germany is not safer per se than abroad, says Fiebig with reference to surveys of the Robert cook institute. According to these surveys, the infection rate among people returning to Spain is just 0.26 percent.The DRV is calling on the industry to spread the message “Coronatest statt Stubenarrest” via social media channels. Various campaign motifs can be downloaded free of charge from the website www.drv.de/test-statt-arrest and also modified. The motifs are optimized for Instagram and Facebook (Touristik Aktuell)

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry 

  • IATA wants quick tests for all air passengers. According to the airline association, mandatory rapid tests directly before departure for all travelers should make quarantine regulations in the destination countries superfluous. Lufthansa intends to use such tests on transatlantic routes in the near future. (Reise vor9)
  • South African Airways ceases operations. The rescue attempts for the South African airline have failed, and the SAA aircraft have been grounded. Operations will be temporarily suspended until talks on further financing are concluded. Now it is a matter of “care and maintenance”, according to the administrators of South African Airways. (Aero)