Munich (dpa) – Many guests from abroad, no major staff shortages due to Corona – and now also good weather: The Munich Oktoberfest has restarted largely without problems after a two-year forced break. “I’m totally satisfied – the Wiesn is taking place,” said festival director Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU) on Friday of the German Press Agency.
So far, there have been slightly fewer visitors than at the last Wiesn in 2019, especially on the rainy first few days. However, it was possible to stroll around the site without crowds.
The weekend could bring about a turning point: On Friday, numerous guests in traditional costume flocked to the festival grounds in glorious weather. “There will be more visitors,” said Baumgärtner. “We have many tourists from abroad beyond expectations.” Britons and Americans in particular celebrate in large numbers. One reason for the interest of Americans in particular could be the dollar exchange rate, which is favorable for them. “The Wiesn will never be this cheap for Americans again.”
Despite the risk of corona infection in the narrow tents, according to Baumgärtner, many families and older guests came, as always. “I have the impression that there is no difference from before the pandemic.” So far, neither the hosts nor the security service have complained about staff shortages due to Covid-19.
But not only the number of visitors, but also the corona numbers are increasing. In terms of incidence, Munich has so far not particularly distinguished itself from the overall trend in Bavaria, which is currently noticeably increasing again. According to previous experience, it takes one and a half to two weeks after the start of a folk festival for any waves of infection to show up in the incidence. The Wiesn has only been running for a week.
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