Both in Berchtesgadener Land and in Salzburg, the 2 G rule currently applies when shopping, customers must also show proof of vaccination or recovery. What usually works very well in Berchtesgadener Land doesn’t usually work in Salzburg, in most shops, for example in Europark, there are no controls, neither when entering nor when paying at the cash register.
Europark manager Manuel Mayer says that the staff is not obliged to control, the staff situation is tense anyway. The Ministry of Health, of course, sees it differently, according to the regulation, the trade is very much obliged to control the 2 G certificates.
When asked, police spokesman Hans Wolfgruber said that the police in the entire state would carry out up to 5,000 corona checks per day for those who were not vaccinated. In the end, there would be 50 to 100 complaints per week, around 80 percent of which would be reported to the health authorities. Wolfgruber remembers once again that. The police only assist the health authorities, that is to say, in the end, it is always the health authority officials who decide whether and how to punish. In the event of priority checks or demonstrations, officials from the health authority, i.e. in the city, for example, the health department, would process reports or leave them because of “disproportionate”.
The ÖAMTC is already expecting a lot of shopping traffic from Bavaria, “because traditionally many visitors come across the border to shop before Christmas,” says Aloisia Gurtner from ÖAMTC-Salzburg.
The dying of shopping tourists would be slowed down by random border controls from Freilassing, especially at the control container after the Saalbrücke. On the other hand, there has been a new problem since this week: since the expansion of the Münchner Bundesstraße has really started and in some cases only one lane is available both in Salzburg and in the direction of Freilassing, there is extensive traffic jams and a loss of time of up to one hour. Parking spaces could also become scarce in the old town.
The two open Christmas markets in the old town and in Hellbrunn will probably attract many Bavarians, “already last weekend there was stagnant traffic on the driveway to the Advent Magic at Hellbrunn Palace, and the parking areas were also reaching the limit,” said Gurtner. She recommends changing to buses and trains, for Hellbrunn Advent there are two large parking spaces at the zoo and at the P + R-Platz Salzburg-Süd, coming from Berchtesgaden in front of the Hellbrunn Bridge.