From the usual hustle and bustle, yet feel nothing in the Dachau youth hostel in the Max-Mannheimer-house. There, to stay where else this time of year, well over 100 guests, mostly young people and students on a class trip, are currently only 20 beds occupied. Nevertheless, managers Donatus Mason is happy that his house after the Corona-enforced break could now finally open again. His hope: “that the people to regain courage for a holiday!”

such As Hotels or campsites is also a need for youth hostels now hygiene concepts and must meet requirements. “Buffets, there are not even, we spread the food on the plate, through a glassed-in food,” says Maurer. Much more will be cleaned and disinfected, “the effort of the employees is higher”. And, of course, distance, rules, mouth, nose and apply protection is mandatory. “But the guests are accustomed to the masks already.”

But what is critical is to ensure that the roof is part of hostels Auer house to the Bavarian youth that are re-opened, was a bricklayer, according to a different criterion: “We have a relatively large room with its own shower and toilet.” Only these properties are re-occupied, rooms with common shower on the floor and are locked. “Of 116 beds, we are allowed to run 60.”

After all the Worry about financial Survival are gone. In may was afraid of Mason, that his house, like all the youth would survive the Corona hostels in Bavaria-forced break. Especially since the 69 Bavarian youth hostels, the economies of a financial pool together, may generate earnings as a non-profit making institutions hardly return. However, funds from a state umbrella, which was adopted in April by the Bavarian state government, have already been applied. And, as Maurer hopes “soon on the account of arrival”.

but Above all, the perspective is on the fall. If the schools start normal and class trips are possible, will be in demand in the Dachau youth hostel again. After all, students make up half of the annual 23 000 guests. Until then, Donatus Maurer wants to look, “how do we come up with a reduced capacity over the summer”. Petra Schafflik