July 19, 2021 – The Croatian tourist season 2021 is in danger, according to German media, as the coast has turned orange, masks are barely worn and few citizens are vaccinated.
The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published an article on the problems caused by the pandemic for the tourist season in Croatia. They say that in Croatia there is fear of a short tourist season, reports Index.hr.
“Croatia, whose economy depends on tourism more than any other country in the EU, is worried about the continuation of the summer season. The country faces a” battle to save the season “, the newspaper writes. The country’s tourism sector has been in turmoil since the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) last Thursday changed the green crown status of Croatian coastal areas to orange, ”writes FAZ.
ECDC data, showing the situation for the previous two weeks, is in fact a warning, according to the German daily. It is feared that the entire Adriatic coast will “turn red”.
“This threatens the success of a fairly good season so far. So far Croatia has reached around 75% of the tourism level in the last pre-pandemic summer of 2019,” says FAZ.
“The general mood was optimistic as 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 has warned that the authorities are taking the prevention guidelines seriously. This is to prevent loss of control, underlines the German newspaper.
“There is little preparation for vaccination in Croatia. Only 46 percent of the population has received at least one dose so far. The supply of vaccines has long exceeded demand. Almost 400,000 doses have already been administered to other countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina. The government has also decided that from now on, uninsured people and foreigners can also be vaccinated free of charge, ”writes the FAZ.
Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac said the new orange status was a further warning.
“Brnjac called on all employees of the tourism industry, but also the travelers themselves: ‘Be reasonable, get vaccinated and watch out for epidemiological measures.’ Meanwhile, Brnjac also demands that the ECDC take a closer look at Croatia and assess the Croatian coast maps, because there the Croatian coast is recorded as a whole, ”the article read.
Meanwhile, parts of Dalmatia have announced tougher measures to tackle the virus.
Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković, referring to the sharp increase in the number of infected people, announced sanctions for those who do not pay attention to compliance with epidemiological measures in their restaurants.
“In everyday life, of course, things in Croatia are still pretty loose. Nobody in bars is asking for tests or vaccination certificates, wearing masks is interpreted very casually in many places. Masks often only function as a fashion accessory that is casually held under the chin, ”concludes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
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