Corona outbreak after meeting in restaurant in Lower Saxony Germany
Now, apparently, the case has occurred, which some experts have warned: Shortly after the restaurants and cafes reopened, several people in Lower Saxony seem to have been infected in a restaurant. Quarantine was ordered for at least 50 people.
Now Only a few days after the reopening of many restaurants in Germany, several people in Leer in Lower Saxony seem to have been infected with the corona virus in a restaurant. “The infections are probably related to a visit to a restaurant,” said the district of Leer. If this is confirmed, this would be the first known case of corona infections widespread in restaurants since the restaurants and cafes reopened. The hotel and restaurant association Dehoga reacted dismayed to the case.
According to the owner of the restaurant in the municipality of Moormerland, a few days after an opening evening on May 15, four guests and he himself tested positive for the corona virus. The virus has now also been found in three of his friends, he told the German Press Agency. He does not know whether the virus spread on May 15 at the opening of his “Alte Scheune” restaurant. It is also possible that people have become infected before or after. On the evening with invited guests, around 40 people were in the restaurant. The distance and hygiene rules were observed.
Lower Saxony was one of the first federal states in which restaurants were allowed to reopen – since May 11th. In the days that followed, almost all other federal states gradually followed. Exceptions apply to Bavaria, where for the time being only beer gardens and outdoor areas may open, interiors from May 25th. Nationwide pioneer was Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where the restaurants were allowed to reopen on May 9th.
According to the district of Leer, the new cases meant that at least 50 people were ordered to take “preventive quarantine at home”. Further test results are still pending. According to the health authority, it is not an isolated case with only a few contacts. “It is an outbreak with several infected people and many contacts at the same time.” Follow-up is now correspondingly complex.
The positive results that were related to each other were communicated to the health department from Tuesday to Friday, the district said. In the district of Leer, according to their own information, no confirmed new infection was reported at all for more than a week.
“Corona is not over, the virus can spread anytime”
A spokeswoman for the hotel and restaurant association Dehoga told NDR 1 Niedersachsen that the hygiene and distance concept that the association had developed meant that new infections in restaurants were actually not possible. The district administrator of Leer, Matthias Groote, warned the citizens of the district announcement: “This outbreak clearly shows us: Corona is not over, the virus can spread at any time.” Said in a video published on the district’s Twitter page Groote, the number of quarantine cases will continue to increase “extremely” because the current cases have arisen “as part of a meeting”.
Some experts had warned against dining in closed rooms. Andreas Podbielski, director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene at the University Medical Center Rostock, the German press agency, said that guests of restaurants should sit outside if possible. “There are practically no infections. The corona virus is largely transmitted through the air. ” However, it becomes more problematic in the interior of restaurants or cafés. Even with sufficient air exchange every six to ten minutes, there is no 100 percent guarantee.
Guests have to register
Restaurants and pubs were closed in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In compliance with distance rules and hygiene regulations, the catering industry was allowed to gradually reopen, against the background of the respective infection in the countries and country-specific features.
In some places, guests have to register in advance with their address and telephone number. In some restaurants, guests are allocated seats. Often it is only allowed to be served at the table. Nobody is allowed to sit at counters in many places.
Dehoga described the situation of gastronomy and tourism in early May as “dramatic”. A survey of the companies showed that a third was at risk of bankruptcy – 70,000 of the 220,000 companies.