Corona rules in border areas: In Bavaria there is a gastro curfew – a few kilometers away there is a celebration

Popular nightlife area in Ulm: the fishermen’s and tanners’ quarter. (archive photo)

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In Baden-Württemberg, the curfew in gastronomy falls on Friday. On the border with Bavaria near Ulm, in the Allgäu or on Lake Constance, it shows how fragile the implementation of the corona rules can be in the pandemic.

Munich/Allgäu/Lake Constance – It’s long, very long. The border between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria is 860 kilometers long. Examples of cities and regions that are in close proximity on both sides abound: Tauberbischofsheim and Würzburg, Heilbronn-Franconia and Rothenburg ob der Tauber*, Ostalb and Bavarian Swabia*, Ulm and Neu-Ulm*, Upper Swabia and Allgäu, Friedrichshafen and Lindau on Lake Constance are only mentioned as examples.

Corona rules: Gastronomy curfew falls in Württemberg – not in Bavaria

The local proximity symbolizes this most clearly Memmingen in the Allgäu*. The small Bavarian town with around 44,000 inhabitants, whose airport is known internationally as “Munich South”, ends in its outskirts exactly on the border line between the two southern German states. Now all these are not new findings in which Coronavirus-Pandemic * However, this local proximity always creates a need for discussion. Because: While stricter corona rules apply on the one hand, measures are being lifted or relaxed on the other.

In the Corona-Crisis* this has happened in succession so far. And this Friday (January 28th) it will be the case again when Baden-Württemberg will change its Corona regulation as a result of the federal-states round of last Monday. Striking: According to consistent media reports, the curfew in the catering trade (previously 10:30 p.m.) is to fall between Tauberbischofsheim, Ostalb, Ulm, Oberschwaben and Bodenseekreis, while between Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Neu-Ulm and Lindau (from 10 p.m.) continue to exist remains.

Corona rules in Germany: areas close to the border between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria

On the Baden-Württemberg side (examples): On the side of Bavaria (examples):
Tauberbischofsheim (Main-Tauber district) Würzburg (district-free city)
Heilbronn-Franconia region Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Ansbach district)
Ostalb (Aalen and Heidenheim) Bavarian Swabia (example Nördlingen)
Ulm Neu-Ulm
Upper Swabia (districts of Biberach and Ravensburg) Allgäu (e.g. Memmingen)
Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance district) Lindau on Lake Constance

You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to predict that people will go back and forth again. And rather eat and drink somewhere else and maybe celebrate a little without having to constantly check the clock. There have been enough comparisons in recent months.

In July 2021, for example, on the other side of the Free State’s border, Upper Austrian hosts from the night gastronomy sector described that people from Bavaria who wanted to party simply drove across the border to party there. “They had a bachelorette party with us,” said Stefan Schneebauer from the “Stiegenwirt” in Schärding, for example Passauer Neue Presse (PNP): “Here you can move from gastro to gastro.” Even before Corona, the neighbors from Bavaria made up a large part of the customers, Schneebauer continued at the time, up to 60 percent.

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Between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria there has only been an explosive atmosphere in the past few days due to different corona rules. As BR24 reports, representatives of the Baden-Württemberg trade association HBW complained last weekend that many customers from border areas would travel to Bavaria to shop there. The background: In the Free State, the 2G rule in retail was overturned by a court decision, only days later, on January 25, was the regulation also repealed in the south-west.

Another example: When the hardware stores in Bavaria reopened in lockdown at the beginning of March 2021, there were loud pilgrimages bw24.de* Baden-Württembergers flock to the Free State. For example, rows of cars with license plates from Ulm or the Alb-Donau district could be seen in front of hardware stores in Neu-Ulm.

Corona rules: Again and again differences between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria

And the gastronomy? In early and mid-December there were none in BaWÜ Curfew, while in Bavaria it was already from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.*. On New Year’s Eve, the Bavarian state government of Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) suspended the curfew for a free night, while in Württemberg bars and restaurants had to close at 1 a.m. So right in the middle of the New Year celebrations. So now the confusion in the border regions continues. The drawn lines on the map, on the other hand, should, figuratively speaking, not matter to the corona virus and its variant Omicron. (pm) *Merkur.de and bw24.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA

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