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Söder has allowed small border traffic since Wednesday – but chaos follows immediately: "Urgent" warning from Austria

Bavaria allows small border traffic to Austria from today, as Markus Söder announced. There was criticism, as well as confusion. All news in the ticker.

  • From Wednesday, Bavaria will again allow small border traffic to Austria, announced Markus Söder * (see update from May 11, 12:57 p.m.).
  • But the decision also triggered criticism (see update from 9:16 a.m.).
  • In addition, it has now been made clear: The general decree has only come into force on the Bavarian side (see update from May 12, 2:01 p.m.).
  • This news ticker is updated regularly.

Update from May 12, 2:01 p.m.: As of today, Bavaria has allowed small border traffic to Austria again. Several readers then contacted Merkur.de. They reported that the regulations do not seem to have been implemented everywhere. One person said he was turned back at the border in Scharnitz. When asked by Merkur.de , the Bavarian border police stated: “The exception to the obligation to segregate according to Section 2 Paragraph 4 of the Entry Quarantine Ordinance for people who have stayed in a risk area for less than 24 hours or for up to 24 hours as part of border traffic Entering the Free State of Bavaria is only valid on German territory. “

Means: Small border traffic is allowed from the Bavarian side. This could be different for Austria. The border police also referred to a press release from the state of Upper Austria. According to this, the general decree only came into force on the Bavarian side at midnight today. “There are currently no changes in Austria.”

Corona in Bavaria / Austria: Unclear things about small border traffic

“At the moment, we have neither a repeal nor a change in the current legal situation for the COVID-19 entry regulation of the Federal Ministry. Therefore, the current Austrian COVID-19 entry regulation continues to apply, ”said the head of the crisis team and Upper Austria’s district chief Carmen Breitwieser. Above all, she asks residents of the border area to urgently refrain from shopping trips to the respective neighboring country.

“We urgently have to request compliance with the applicable measures (as before, submission of a valid negative antigen or molecular biological test or medical certificate) in order not to endanger the containment of the pandemic and to avoid quarantine. Free shopping is also NOT possible until further notice. We will inform you as soon as there are changes to the current entry regulations, ”Breitwieser continued.

Bavaria allows border traffic, but chaos follows directly – Söder takes a position

Prime Minister Markus Söder, who had announced the new regulation on small border traffic the day before in the presence of Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, said on Wednesday: Austria will understand this as soon as possible. In the Federal Chancellery in Vienna that is seen positively. Kurz had said on Tuesday in Munich that the entry quarantine regulations in his country should not be lifted until May 19 – with the exception of high-risk areas.

Vorarlberg’s State Security Councilor Christian Gantner had already warned on Tuesday to be cautious and said: “The Covid-19 entry regulation of the federal government continues to apply to entry into Austria, ie the previous ten-day quarantine regulation applies, unless it is one of the known ones Exceptions. “

Upper Austria’s governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) said, according to the APA news agency, the commuters had nothing from media announcements. “What is needed are quick and reliable regulations. I expect the responsible Ministry of Health to work out a new regulation immediately. “

Bavaria allows small border traffic to Austria from today – criticism of Söder: “That is incredibly absurd”

Update from May 12, 9:16 a.m.: The small border traffic between Bavaria and Austria is allowed again from today. Markus Söder announced this on Tuesday in a press statement with Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Munich. This decision was heard with “great astonishment”. This is what the board of directors of Oberstdorf Kleinwalsertal Bergbahnen, Henrik Volpert, wrote in an email to Merkur.de . For day-trippers this would mean that they “can storm the mountain railways and leisure facilities in Austria from May 19”. For example, there is no test requirement for day-trippers, as the email continues.

The situation in the Free State is different: “Meanwhile, our cable cars and leisure facilities are worried about the incidence of 100, the capacity restrictions and the nonsensical compulsory testing of small cabin lifts and chair lifts. With yesterday’s decision, this is all the more an incredibly absurd starting point for Bavarian tourism companies, ”criticized Volpert. Because it is already clear that the uncertainty about the restrictions maximally unsettles and scares off local guests. “Now our state government is even actively pushing people across the border, which takes any health policy arguments ad absurdum,” he says and describes the decision as a “catastrophe for domestic tourism.”

But Volpert makes it clear: “We welcome the opening of the border. After all, summer tourism is possible here and there safely and well. But we need the same rules of the game and a fair chance for Bavarian companies too. To do this, the senseless requirements on the Bavarian side must fall. “

Söder blows at the start of the holiday: Bavaria allows small border traffic to Austria from today

Update from May 11, 12:57 p.m .: The small border traffic between Bavaria and Austria will be possible again from Wednesday. This way, friends and relatives could meet again across borders. That said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder on Tuesday after a meeting with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Munich. Shopping in the respective neighboring country is also possible again, said the CSU boss.

Both the Free State and Austria will soon be making tourist offers again. In Austria tourism will open on May 19th. Bavaria had announced that for May 21st. Austria had a seven-day incidence of less than 100 on Tuesday, while Bavaria was 116.

Meeting between Söder and Kurz: The press conference for reading

Update from May 11, 12:51 p.m.: The press statement is over.

Update from May 11th, 12.46 p.m .: May 19th is “opening day”, so Kurz on request. Quarantine regulations will be abolished. Anyone who comes from a non-risk area can then enter. The strategy is: “Vaccinated – recovered – tested.” Söder adds: “We have to do something for tourism, especially in the border region.” If friends and families were separated by border areas, it would be difficult. The connections between Austria and Bavaria are particularly close, so he is happy about the relief.

Kurz speaks after meeting Söder – Chancellor explains Austria’s Corona strategy

Update from May 11, 12.42 p.m.: Kurz speaks to Söder and thanks for the invitation. The border would actually no longer play a role, he reports with a view to the life of the people on the border. In short, I am very relieved that the numbers are currently improving. You got through the third wave well, the incidence is now below 100. “Testing and FFP2 masks together with regional measures” was a good strategy.

The time to unlock had come, “with security measures of course,” said Kurz. The goal is to strengthen cooperation and to improve border traffic, he reports on the meeting with Söder. Finally he thanks for the cooperation.

Söder statement after a short meeting: Bavaria allows small border traffic to Austria

Update from May 11, 12:38 p.m.: The statement begins. Markus Söder has the floor. “Austria and Bavaria are close friends and partners,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister. Both Bavaria and Austria were severely affected by Corona. “I think we did well on the bottom line,” was the conclusion of the CSU boss. “We are very happy that the situation for you has also improved significantly,” he says too Kurz.

Small border traffic will be allowed again from Wednesday, e.g. for shopping or family visits, said Söder. You always kept in contact with the neighboring country, not every one was a “honeymoon phone call”, he clarifies.

Söder announced that they also wanted to form a joint pandemic team.

Update from May 11, 12:33 p.m .: The press statement has not yet started. It seems to be a bit delayed. You can follow Kurz and Söder’s statements right here in the live stream and ticker.

Update from May 11, 12.15 p.m.: Prime Minister Markus Söder met with Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Munich today. There should be a press statement around 12.30 p.m., which you can follow live here.

Before tourism comeback in Bavaria and Austria: Söder consults with Kurz – who loosens up comprehensively

First report from May 11th, 10:04 am: Munich – Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder and Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) will meet on Tuesday (May 11th, 12 noon) for a personal exchange in Munich. One of the topics of the conversation, which is taking place in the Bavarian State Chancellery, is likely to be how to proceed with the corona pandemic *.

Söder and Kurz meet in Munich: Corona pandemic and tourism are probably topics

Tourism will also come up for discussion: Austria will resume tourism from May 19, in Bavaria there will be easing two days later. At a press conference last Tuesday, CSU boss Söder said that hotels, holiday homes and campsites will be able to reopen from May 21st. The condition for this is that the seven-day incidence * is below 100.

New corona rules have been in effect in the Free State since Monday (May 10). Far-reaching easing is possible, including for outdoor restaurants, museums, cinemas and theaters – you can find an overview here First remains our line. Corona is not over, but the trend is falling. There is cause for cautious optimism, but not for cockiness. Let’s continue to take good care of each other! “

Corona: Briefly announces easing for Austria

Austria already made people sit up and take notice on Monday: Kurz announced numerous easing at a press conference. The so-called “3G’s” are a prerequisite for the relaxation for the tourism industry, gastronomy, sport and leisure activities: Tested, recovered or vaccinated. Also important: There is no quarantine requirement for holidaymakers from countries with low levels of infection, including Germany. When entering cultural institutions or restaurants, visitors – including tourists – must present a “green pass”. * It is quite possible that Kurz and Söder will coordinate this.

Corona in Bavaria: Söder meets Kurz – press statement announced

Kurz is in the Bavarian capital because he was honored with the freedom prize of the media. The prize is donated by the Weimer Media Group. Last year, Prince Albert II of Monaco was the winner, the previous year the former EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

After the meeting, Söder and Kurz appear in front of the press. You can follow the statement of the two politicians here at 12.30 p.m. in the live ticker. (kam / AFP) * Merkur.de / bayern is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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