Munich – Bavaria has introduced mandatory corona testing for agricultural and seasonal workers. “With immediate effect, only people who can show a negative corona test at the start of their work can be employed in agricultural enterprises with more than ten employees,” Health Minister Melanie Huml (CSU) said on Tuesday. “We want to prevent local hotspots and protect businesses from possible shutdown.” The cabinet had decided on the test requirement on Monday at an unscheduled meeting. “The aim is to prevent epidemics in businesses in the first place,” the minister said.
Farms must declare harvest workers and seasonal workers 14 days before the start of employment to the district administrative authorities with their name, place of accommodation, type and duration of employment and contact details . If workers cannot bring a certificate in German or English that is less than 48 hours old, they must be tested on site, a ministry spokesperson in Munich explained on Tuesday. Until that happens, companies need to separate them from their colleagues. Violations can result in a fine of up to 25,000 euros.
After a corona epidemic at the end of July on a market garden in Mamming (Dingolfing-Landau district), there was a national hotspot. The number of infected people has skyrocketed according to serial examinations. Now the state government is also having the concepts of protection and hygiene on farms checked – the fact that these were not observed should have been a problem for the course of the epidemic. in Mamming. “100 tests have already been carried out across Bavaria,” Minister Huml said, according to the announcement.