Restaurants and hotels in Berlin can open again

Restaurants and hotels in Berlin can open again

For weeks, the Berliners could not go to their favourite restaurant - or to any other. This should soon be possible again.


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Hotels will then follow on 25 May. This was agreed by the Senate on Wednesday (06 May 2020). According to this agreement, guests as well as staff have to comply with distance and hygiene rules in view of the Corona pandemic.

Establishments in Brandenburg are also opening their doors

Earlier, the heads of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had agreed during a shift in the afternoon that the federal states can decide for themselves on a gradual opening of the gastronomy. Brandenburg is proceeding in exactly the same way as Berlin, as Minister President Dietmar Woidke (SPD) announced.

Restaurants may open until 10pm for the time being

Since 18 March, restaurants in Berlin have only been allowed to open between 6 and 6 pm and shortly afterwards not at all. Only take-away sales were still permitted. In the future, they will be allowed to operate until 22.00 hrs, both outdoors and indoors. The consequences of the Corona crisis were particularly hard on the catering trade, as many restaurants had to forego income, in some cases completely. Restaurant operators pointed out that the loss could not be made up for, unlike in retail, for example.

Strict guidelines must be observed

"It is essential to observe the rules of distance and even stricter hygiene regulations," said Dehoga President Guido Zöllick on Wednesday after the conference of the federal and state governments. All this, he said, would entail additional costs for the companies. He assumed that only 30 to 50 percent of the previous year's turnover could be achieved due to the distance regulations.

Buffets remain prohibited

Hotels probably have to do without breakfast buffets. Instead, guests should be offered an individual breakfast, according to the association. In the wellness area, the number of people per sauna should be limited. When dealing with guests, Dehoga calls on employees to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres and to avoid physical contact such as shaking hands. Cleaning staff in hotels should, if possible, be assigned their own floor with the same rooms at all times.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 6. May 2020 21:20 Uhr

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