Vacation on the Côte d’Azur, a city trip to Paris: That wasn’t a problem in the past few weeks despite Corona. The situation has now changed for German vacationers. The following applies to returnees: test and quarantine.

The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, does not rule out a travel warning for all of France. “We have a breathing system,” said the CDU politician on Tuesday in the RTL / ntv program “Frühstart”. There are clear measures according to which a region is declared a risk area, according to Bareiß. “If 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants can be identified in seven days, then you have to react.”

The federal government issued a travel warning for the greater Paris area and large parts of the French Mediterranean coast on Monday evening because of the risk of infection . The regions Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur have since been included on the continuously updated list of the federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as risk areas. Such a classification takes place after a joint decision by the health, foreign and interior ministries.

The central criterion for classification as a risk area is the states or regions in which there were more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. A travel warning continues. While it is not a travel ban, it is intended to have a deterrent effect. And it has a positive side for consumers: it enables package travelers to cancel bookings free of charge. 

However, the recently introduced mandatory test for returnees from risk areas is to be abolished and replaced by a new regulation. The federal and state health ministers presented corresponding proposals on Monday after a switching conference.

Mask requirement in Paris

In the greater Paris area and in the Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur region , which is also located in the port city of Marseille, the situation had already worsened last week. The French government had classified Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhône department on the Mediterranean as zones where the virus is actively circulating. This means that the regional authorities can restrict public life there – theoretically, for example by closing restaurants or markets or restricting freedom of movement. 

In Paris, for example, the mask requirement was massively expanded as a result of the classification – it now also applies in the open air almost in the entire city. In Paris, the number of newly infected people per 100,000 population has risen well over 50 since the beginning of August. However, if you look at the occupancy rate of the intensive care beds, for example, the city has so far been in the green. 

France was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic – more than 30,500 people have died so far. The experts are currently particularly concerned that a particularly large number of young people are infected with the virus – but have no or hardly any symptoms. These in turn could infect older people.

 

Emily Wong

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