Many restaurateurs desperate because of Corona rules

Status: 01/18/2022 06:16 p.m

The access rules are becoming ever stricter, and the apps fail when it comes to admission control: Many restaurateurs are desperate in the face of the Corona circumstances – and are seeing massive sales declines.

Karsten Kleinschmidt can no longer. The 50-year-old is in the kitchen at his country inn “Ziegelhütte” in the Hochtaunus region. He is the third generation to run the house. But now it doesn’t work anymore. Kleinschmidt will close until the end of January, probably even until March. And who knows what will happen next. With 2G-Plus hardly any guests come – too much effort and the uncertainty is great. “It’s a catastrophe for us at the moment,” he says. There is still help from the state. He hopes it stays that way.

A jumble of rules

According to a survey by the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA), a good half of restaurateurs see themselves as existentially threatened. Many guests prefer to stay at home out of concern about getting infected – and the pandemic rules are complicated to understand.

In many federal states, 2G-Plus applies to gastronomy and the hotel industry, but each state has its own rules. “It would be desirable to have a uniform nationwide regulation that is simple, i.e. fits on a beer coaster,” says Ingrid Hartges, general manager of DEHOGA.

Who else can control this?

But it’s getting more and more complicated. Until recently, 2G-Plus was either boosted or double-vaccinated and a current test. In Hesse, for example, there are now other options: It is now enough to be recovered and tested, recovered and vaccinated twice, recovered and freshly vaccinated once or freshly vaccinated twice.

Who wants, who can still control that in gastronomy? And the apps don’t help much at the moment. “You need a degree to know who is allowed in and who isn’t,” scoffs the frustrated restaurateur Kleinschmidt from the Ziegelhütte country inn.

CovPass app is misleading

Petra Klein is not doing much better. She is the owner of the Ratskeller in Darmstadt. It was even worse for her than she feared. “I expected a 50 percent drop in sales due to 2G-Plus. In reality, however, it is almost 80 percent,” she reports. 80 percent compared to the already low sales at 2G. “I come into the factory in the morning and know exactly: Today I’ll make losses again,” she complains.

If Klein wants to use the CovPass check app to check whether a guest is allowed in their brewery or not, the QR code reports that the certificate is valid. But it also does this if the person concerned has only been vaccinated twice a long time ago, i.e. does not meet the 2G Plus criteria. If she then wants to see the number of vaccinations, the guest’s app lights up with a yellow warning not to show this in restaurants. The restaurateurs are at a loss: They depend on the guests showing the detailed vaccination information despite the app warning.

Italian Greenpass app can do more

In Italy, restaurateurs can use the Check app to find out via the QR code whether the guest has been boosted or not. This is a crucial advantage. The German apps urgently need to be improved.

The German Federal Ministry of Health, which commissions the German CovPass app via the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), sees the need for action and hopes to be able to present an update by the end of the month that at least technically simplifies the control. However, since different rules apply in each federal state, it is completely unclear whether the app can take this jumble of rules into account.

However, if gastronomy is to have a chance in the new wave of the pandemic, at least the access restrictions must be regulated uniformly nationwide. And control must be simple and transparent for everyone. Then Karsten Kleinschmidt would probably open his country inn “Ziegelhütte” again.

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