Association of municipalities calls on municipalities to suspend the ban on patio heaters

Offenbach town hall, via dts
Offenbach town hall, via dts
In order to support the catering industry in the corona crisis, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities has spoken out in favor of temporarily lifting the heating mushroom ban nationwide.

"We all know that the risk of infection in the open air is less than in closed rooms," said managing director Gerd Landsberg the "Handelsblatt" (Monday edition). "That is why the municipalities, which have so far banned the patio heater for environmental reasons, should at least temporarily suspend it."

This is not only an opportunity for people to be outdoors, but also an "economically important aspect" for the restaurant. In view of the dynamic development of the number of infections, the location of the restaurants is becoming increasingly difficult, Landsberg said. "That is why we also advocate providing the restaurants with more free space in public spaces in order to allow the necessary distances between the tables."