The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published an article on the problems caused by the pandemic for the tourist season in Croatia. They state that in Croatia there is a fear of a short tourist season, reports Index.hr.
“Croatia, whose economy depends on tourism more than any other EU country, is worried about the continuation of the summer season. The country is facing a ‘battle to save the season,” the newspaper writes. The country’s tourism sector has been upset since the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) last Thursday switched the previously green corona status of Croatia’s coastal areas to orange,” FAZ writes.
ECDC data, showing the situation from the previous two weeks, is actually a warning, according to the German daily. There is a fear that the entire Adriatic coast will “turn red”.
“It threatens the success of a tolerably good season so far. So far, Croatia has reached about 75 percent of the tourist level in the last pre-pandemic summer of 2019,” states FAZ.
“The general mood was optimistic because the number of infections was low until recently, and the fact that the incidence is currently higher than in the comparable period of 2020 indicates a new seriousness of the situation.”
Interior Minister Davor Božinović warned that the authorities take the guidelines on prevention seriously. It is about preventing the loss of control, the German paper points out.
“There is little readiness for vaccination in Croatia. Only 46 percent of the population has received at least one dose so far. The supply of vaccines has long since exceeded demand. Almost 400,000 doses have already been given to other countries, of which 240,000 to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The government has also decided that from now on, uninsured people and foreigners can also be vaccinated for free,” writes FAZ.
Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac said the new orange status was an additional warning.
“Brnjac called on all employees in the tourism industry, but also the travelers themselves: ‘Be reasonable, get vaccinated, and pay attention to epidemiological measures.’ Meanwhile, Brnjac also demands that the ECDC take a closer look at Croatia and assess the Croatian coast. Dissatisfaction with the new classification comes especially from Istria, which has significantly lower incidence values than Dalmatia, but it does not appear in ECDC statistics and maps, because there the Croatian coast is recorded as a whole,” the article reads.
In the meantime, some regions in Dalmatia have announced stricter measures to combat the virus.
The mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, referring to the large increase in the number of infected people, announced sanctions for those who do not pay attention to respecting epidemiological measures in their restaurants.
“In everyday life, of course, things in Croatia are still quite loose. No one in the bars asks for tests or vaccination certificates, wearing masks is interpreted very casually in many places. Masks often only function as a fashion accessory that casually stands under the chin,” concludes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
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