SSince Tuesday, 2 p.m., the district of Berchtesgadener Land has been subject to an extensive lockdown, as a result of a general decree based on the Infection Protection Act. Because the seven-day incidence of new corona infections was over 250 on Sunday and Monday, people in the district are only allowed to leave their own apartment with “good reason”. All schools, daycare centers, leisure facilities and restaurants have to close, with the exception of retail stores or church services. The measures, which also include an extensive mask requirement, initially apply for 14 days.
“I am on the phone day and night,” reports Florian Miciecki, head of the communal retirement home in Berchtesgaden, the FAZ, he says, he especially needs to calm the relatives, and organize the staff and have them tested regularly. Relatives are only allowed to visit if residents are dying. Locking up the senior citizens is not an option for Miciecki. “You can go out now,” says the home manager. However, the residents are all reasonable. “I’m going to the cemetery now because I’m not allowed to go after 2 p.m.”, one of the residents told him on Tuesday morning.
Large rush of vacationers
Miciecki is not surprised by the lockdown. “I thought it would be even more massive.” The home manager also notes that Berchtesgaden was recently “brutally overrun” by holidaymakers. They were often very undisciplined when it came to mask requirements.
But now it’s also over for tourism. All guests had to leave Berchtesgaden by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, only business travelers were allowed to stay. The mountain railways and excursion boats on the Königssee are at a standstill. “You can still be out and about,” says tourism spokeswoman Ursula Wischgoll; hiking alone or with families is not prohibited. She describes the lockdown as a “confidence-building measure”, also for tourists.
The industry estimated on Tuesday that 2,500 holidaymakers were still in the district. When, after the meeting of the Bavarian Council of Ministers in Munich, the state government’s corona coordinator, Florian Herrmann, was asked whether the rapid departure of so many people would not be a danger for the rest of Germany, possibly a second Ischgl, only from Bavarian soil, he referred to the “responsibility of each individual to think carefully about where he was and then to be tested for safety’s sake”. The municipal test centers in Bavaria are available for this.
Anger at mask refusers
Herrmann was unable to provide any details about the sources of the infections in Berchtesgaden. District administrator Bernhard Kern, like the corona coordinator from the CSU, said nothing more in a press conference on Tuesday. The infection process is “diffuse”, there is no place that is noticeably badly affected.
That sounded different seven days ago: In a press release from the district on October 13, it said: “The infections are distributed across the district, but a focus in the northern district can be identified. The main outbreak event was based on a private celebration. ”Prime Minister Markus Söder mentioned a party as a possible source on Monday.
If you ask around in the district, then two restaurants, open to parties, could have played a bad role, one of which is said to have made no secret of the fact that compliance with the corona regulations is rather casual there. The nearby Salzburger Land is traded as a further source. As the Bad Reichenhall bookseller Lukas Harkotte reports to the FAZ, it happened more often in the bookstore that customers refused to wear the mask with the reference that they came from Austria.
Harkotte describes the mood in his circle of acquaintances with one word: “Anger” – at those who, through their lax handling of the pandemic, would have brought about the current lockdown. Several times he asked the District Office for more controls, but in vain from his point of view.
According to the latest information from the district office, 260 people were with acute on Tuesday Corona infected, 169 of them showed clinical symptoms, two are in the intensive care unit in Bad Reichenhall and are ventilated. The hope that everything will get better quickly could be deceptive: It was not until Saturday that the police found significant violations of the corona measures in a shisha bar in the district.