Biergartens in Bavaria Reopen in Welcomed Sign of COVID-19 Recovery

Biergartens in Bavaria Reopen in Welcomed Sign of COVID-19 Recovery

After more than a year of restrictions and tough lockdowns across Germany, the sight of people enjoying steins of beer in Bavaria was a welcomed sign of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week Germans were allowed to enjoy a beer outside as Biergartens in parts of Bavaria were permitted to reopen, according to The Associated Press.

The southern German state — famous for its biergartens and annual Oktoberfest celebrations — has permitted areas that report a COVID-19 infection rate of less than 100 cases per 100,000 people to reopen their beer gardens. Customers are still required to adhere to certain COVID-19 rules, like social distancing, mandatory face masks, and a 10 p.m. curfew.

After more than a year of restrictions and tough lockdowns across Germany, the sight of people enjoying steins of beer in Bavaria was a welcomed sign of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week Germans were allowed to enjoy a beer outside as Biergartens in parts of Bavaria were permitted to reopen, according to The Associated Press.

The southern German state — famous for its biergartens and annual Oktoberfest celebrations — has permitted areas that report a COVID-19 infection rate of less than 100 cases per 100,000 people to reopen their beer gardens. Customers are still required to adhere to certain COVID-19 rules, like social distancing, mandatory face masks, and a 10 p.m. curfew.

Although some major indicators of normal life have reopened, Bavaria isn’t quite ready to begin hosting mass events again. This year’s Oktoberfest — which typically draws more than six million visitors — has already been canceled.

Germany has also eased its travel restrictions this week, allowing those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 to bypass testing and quarantine entry rules. Travelers with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (which includes Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna) will be allowed to enter Germany, which should be made easier when the country introduces digital health certificates this summer.

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