Meanwhile 18 Corona infected people in a restaurant after a party

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I.In the East Frisian district of Leer, the Corona outbreak in a restaurant continues to spread. As the district announced on Sunday evening, the number of people who tested positive rose to 18. The operator of the restaurant is also infected. 14 of the people were guests at a ceremony in the restaurant on May 15, four people later became infected with guests. The number of people for whom home quarantine was ordered rose to 118 on Sunday evening.

Reinhard Bingener

Political correspondent for Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen based in Hanover.

The celebration was a reopening party after the restaurant had been closed for one year. According to a list, the landlord had invited 36 people from his area. The authorities assume that the celebration violated the corona-related hygiene rules. There are indications in the Leer district that hands have been shaken, the minimum distance has not been observed and that a mouthguard has been dispensed with. “The Ordnungsamt should now clarify whether this was actually the case in an administrative offense procedure,” said the district of Leer. The landlord denies the allegations.

The inn was still open three days after the celebration before it closed again. The health department also uses the lists provided to track these contacts. However, the authorities also contacted people who said they were guests in the restaurant, even though they were not on the lists.

The management level of the Papenburg Meyer shipyard is also affected by the Corona outbreak. The HR manager of the cruise ship manufacturer, who was extremely shaken by the Corona crisis, was present at the celebration on May 15 and is now infected with the virus, as is another employee. Part of the management and large parts of the works council are now in quarantine, as the company confirmed on request.

In view of the possible violations of the Corona regulations in the restaurant, the state of Lower Saxony does not initially plan to tighten the provisions for the catering trade. One is “cautiously optimistic that the rules do not have to be changed,” said a spokesman for the Lower Saxony Ministry of Health.

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