The future is uncertain.  The Thuringian hospitality industry is particularly suffering from the new, tightened corona rules.  (Symbol photo)

The stricter corona rules in Thuringia and canceled Christmas markets are causing a wave of cancellations among Thuringia’s hoteliers and restaurateurs.

Erfurt – The aggravated Corona rules in Thuringia as well as canceled Christmas markets are causing a wave of cancellations among Thuringia’s hoteliers and restaurateurs.

The future is uncertain. The Thuringian hospitality industry is particularly suffering from the new, tightened corona rules. (Symbol photo) © Bodo Schackow / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

“If the phone rings now, it’s not a booking, but a cancellation,” said the Vice President of the Erfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Olaf Seibicke, on Friday in Erfurt.

The new corona rules, which prescribe 2G in the hospitality industry and thus only allow access to vaccinated and convalescent people, would unsettle many guests. “For us it’s like an early lockdown,” said Seibicke, who is a hotelier himself.

Together with Saxony and Bavaria, Thuringia is currently the federal state most severely affected by the pandemic.

Partial lockdown in Thuringia is intended to prevent corona "collapse"
Thuringia
Partial lockdown in Thuringia is intended to prevent corona “collapse”

According to the managing director of the Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), Dirk Ellinger, in Thuringia’s hotels and restaurants almost all Christmas parties planned by companies, families or organizations, as well as conferences and congresses, have been canceled.

According to the data available so far, the number of overnight stays booked in Thuringia’s hotels, inns and guest houses was around 3.8 million by the end of August, almost 14 percent below that in the already bad Corona year 2020.

For many companies, the question is now whether they should close in the next few weeks due to a lack of guests.

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