Prime Minister Markus Söder says the German state of Bavaria will open to tourists again this month. From May 21, holidays should be possible again in regions with a low infection rate.
Bavaria is a popular destination for travellers from Germany and beyond.
Bavaria’s decision comes as the number of new infections across Germany has fallen after a protracted lockdown. Berlin and several states, including Bavaria, also want to give the fully vaccinated and those who have recovered more exemption from the corona rules.
Söder said hotels, holiday apartments, campgrounds, open-air restaurants, theatres, concert halls, opera houses and cinemas might reopen in areas with fewer than 100 corona infections per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.
Several measures against the virus remain in effect, Söder said. This includes closing the open-air restaurants at 10 p.m. and the continuation of masks and testing regulations.
Other federal states in Germany are also looking at whether easing can be implemented in the near future.