“Even in the autumn and winter months, functioning outdoor catering is part of the solution,” said the Federal Government's SME Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß (CDU), the “Handelsblatt” (Monday edition). "That's why we not only want to enable patio heaters, but the current bridging aid II even supports the acquisition financially."
This should help the "badly battered" gastronomy in this difficult time. "In fighting the economic effects of the corona pandemic, we need pragmatic solutions and no ideological sham debates," said the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics. “That's why this path is the right one.” The Greens also plead for the suspension of the patio heater ban. "I'm not a fan of patio heaters, but in times of pandemics you shouldn't be more papal than the Pope," said the Green economic politician Dieter Janecek of the "Handelsblatt". If the number of infections rises this autumn and winter, there is a risk of "massive bankruptcies" in pubs, restaurants and cultural institutions, so help should be "very pragmatic". "Especially since we don't benefit from people crowding into overcrowded indoor spaces." Therefore, good offers are necessary in this "serious" time to get together outdoors, where the risk of infection is significantly lower. Schleswig-Holstein's SPD parliamentary group leader Ralf Stegner sees the use of patio heaters only as a “modest contribution” to stabilizing the situation of the restaurants, as he told the “Handelsblatt”. However: "Anything that improves the prospects for the battered catering industry without increasing the risk of corona infection is certainly to be welcomed," said Stegner.