The question of whether it is safe to travel to Cologne due to Corona is a complicated one. At the time of writing (30.04.2020) strict travel restrictions due to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) are still in place. This applies both within Germany and between Germany and other countries. There are the first signs of the lock-down being eased, with schools partially re-opening and more and more shops open each week.
The issue of when tourists will be a common sight again is even more complex. It relies on the measures to replace the lock-down being agreed and free movement being restored between Germany and other countries. At present the borders are expected to be shut to leisure travelers until at least 14 June. Those nations that are further ahead in the course of the outbreak (such as South Korea and China) have implemented strict rules. They are requiring arriving passengers to be quarantined on arrival – clearly impractical in the context of tourism.
Airlines are also going to be part of the recovery. This means we are keeping a careful eye on announcements from British Airways and others as to how they see the reopening taking place. But again, there is so far only limited information to go on.
So not only do we need to wait for it to be safe to travel to Cologne, we also need it to be practical. But this does not mean that we are not doing anything here at Art of Touring. Here is a message from our founder, Nadia.
How Art of Touring is responding to Corona
We have been coming up with new ideas for things to do after movement restrictions are over. Alongside this, our Instagram feed has been reinvigorated with new posts and inspiration for future visitors.
We also recognize that we may have to change the way we do things. We want to tackle issues of hygiene and safety, for example exploring alternative audio systems which will enable each guide to use their own microphone rather than having to borrow microphones that have already been used by others. Social distancing within the context of a tour is also difficult but we can overcome this to some extent by making sure our audio technology is top-notch so people can hear the guide without having to get too close to each other.
While this has been a painful period for everyone, we have to be thankful that our entire team is still healthy, well and motivated to hit the ground running just as soon as it is practical and safe to travel to Cologne once again.
“We are getting inspired for new things to do and to show people as soon as this is possible. We hope to welcome you soon again in Cologne”