Halle (dpa / sa) - In view of the corona pandemic, sales in the hospitality industry in Saxony-Anhalt fell by around a third in 2020, according to preliminary data.

The number of employees in the industry decreased by around ten percent compared to 2019, as the State Statistical Office announced on Wednesday in Halle.

The background to this is that to contain the pandemic, the catering and accommodation businesses in the country were closed with two lockdowns.

As the state office announced, sales in the hospitality industry from January to December 2020 were real and, taking into account the price development, 31.9 percent lower than in the previous year

While monthly sales in January and February 2020 were still slightly above the value of the respective previous month, they fell by almost half at the beginning of the first lockdown.

The branch's sales in April were in real terms 76.4 percent lower than in the same month last year, as the office announced.

The pandemic had arrived in Saxony-Anhalt around March.


In view of the loosening of the regulations to contain the infection rate over the summer to autumn, the industry recovered somewhat, but sales remained below the previous year's level.

With the second lockdown, the Christmas and New Year business was more or less completely canceled because restaurants and hotels were closed and live events were canceled.

Instead, online offers were made for guests, as well as delivery services for food and drinks.

In December 2020, the turnover figures for the hospitality industry showed a real decrease of almost 70 percent compared to the same month of the previous year.

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Press release State Statistical Office