Snow pulls crowds into the mountains: More than 100 reports due to corona violations in the Ore Mountains – Panorama – Gesellschaft

The loud voices in Germany that contacts should be reduced over the Christmas period and that people should stay at home if possible could hardly be overheard. Politicians, epidemiologists, doctors – they all warned of the consequences if the corona pandemic picks up again at the end of 2020.

Against this background, the current pictures from Saxony are surprising; the federal state where the incidence is by far the highest and where there are the strictest contact and exit restrictions. There, on the two Christmas holidays alone, the police on the Fichtelberg in the Erzgebirge, popular with holidaymakers, registered more than 100 violations of the Corona rules.

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Numerous people had been on the Fichtelberg without a necessary, valid reason, the police said on Sunday, according to the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). On December 25th, 54 and on December 26th 52 people were reported for violating the country’s Corona Protection Ordinance.

According to MDR reporters, many people went without a mask and ignored minimum distances. The car parking spaces were overcrowded and not only local license plates were visible. People are not allowed to go further than 15 kilometers from home and, among other things, only when shopping or doing sports.

However, doing sport is only possible to a limited extent, as the slopes from the summit of the Fichtelberg – the highest mountain in the Ore Mountains at 1215 meters – are closed down into the valley, as in many German ski areas. Tobogganing is also not considered a sport. The police had been made aware of the situation through information from local residents, among other things. Numerous pictures in the social networks showed the sometimes dense crowd in the Corona hotspot.

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