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Campsites in Baden-Württemberg and the BVCD against permanent residence bans

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It seems disproportionate and unjustified, in the German region with a strong tourist vocation of Baden-Württemberg, the ban imposed by the authorities on long-term camping. With the support of the Bundesverband der Campingwirtschaft in Deutschland e.V. (BVCD) and the Landesverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. (BVCD-BW), 14 camping operators in the region, in fact, are organizing a joint legal action to end the ban. In Baden-Württemberg, this camping group argues, it is possible, and above all necessary for the sector, to reopen with respect for health safety protocols.

In general, according to research by the Robert Koch Institute, there are no indications that the campsite environment can play a particularly active role in the spread of the virus. The long-term camping ban, therefore, does not appear to be a proportionate measure to contain the rate of infection. And, the campsites argue, the permanent camping activity cannot be equated with a tourist stay. Permanent camping, on the other hand, is not made up of short stays and large numbers of guests, but of pitches rented for years to the same families.

The BVCD shares the point of view of the 14 camping promoters and expressly supports the request for opening. Christian Günther, managing director of the BVCD says, in fact: “Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been campaigning for the opening of permanent campsites in all federal states. The regulatory chaos is causing dissatisfaction in the population and the feeling of strong unfair treatment or discrimination, as in this case”.

In addition, compared to the past, properties can use measures such as weekly employee tests, monitoring of guest negativity or integration with monitoring apps. While permanent camping, for example in the regions of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, is fully permitted even during the pandemic, most federal states restrict permanent camping activity. In particular, in Baden-Württemberg the stay is only allowed if the permanent campers are resident. The legislation in force in the region, according to the committee, represents an unequal treatment and an unjustifiable interference in the commercial operations of operators.

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