Germany’s inconsistent rules.
Hundreds of tourists were turned back from German state over COVID restrictions during the Easter weekend, with police expelling more than 500 vacationers from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the state’s ban on tourism.
The northern state, known for its Baltic Sea coastline, is a popular tourist destination, particularly among day-trippers, but over Easter holiday weekend visitors were asked to leave by authorities after they failed to present a valid reason for their stay. Only visits to members of immediate family, such as parents and children, are allowed.
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, the police said. A total of 790 vehicles were checked,” they said.
Tourism, even as a day trip, is not permitted in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the pandemic restrictions, while compatriots were queuing in Majorca for COVID-19 tests before returning home from their Easter holidays abroad.
The Times reports that frustration at contradictory lockdown policies is growing as Angela Merkel plans to use federal powers to impose uniform rules on regional governments that have resisted tough measures. Many Germans have been infuriated by rules that allow people to fly to Spanish island resorts while those at home cannot go to the coast, to camp sites or holiday cottages.
Most of the visitors to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were from neighbouring German cities or regional states. People were turned away even if they were visiting relatives unless they could prove the trip was a “valid” one to visit immediate family. One woman described to local TV how she was turned back after explaining that she wanted to visit her boyfriend, and warned that if she was stopped again she would be fined. “Go straight to the autobahn. Go home,” the officers told her.
COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.
Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found on an earlier post.