Erfurt (dpa / th) - After the criticism of several parliamentary groups of the gastronomy at the Federal Horticultural Show (Buga), a spokesman defended the concept.

With the culinary offer to take away, the corona regulations that apply throughout Germany were adhered to and “completely within the framework”, he said on Friday in Erfurt.

The partly set up tables and chairs were cleared away after the criticism, but this is based on the courtesy of the Buga on its critics.

At the weekend, pictures emerged showing guests eating to-go food on the provided seating.

"This unequal treatment is a slap in the face for the many Thuringian restaurateurs who have been fighting for months for survival, although they have already proven that they could open with clever hygiene concepts," said the chairman of the CDU parliamentary group, Mario Voigt.

Either all restaurateurs should be able to resume their work - or none at all.


The Buga is a private site on which - unlike in the cities - it is possible to offer wide-meshed seating for dining at a specified distance of 50 meters, the spokesman said.

"The clearing away of the tables and chairs on the Buga was the wrong decision," said the chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Thuringian state parliament, Thomas Kemmerich.

"We should allow outdoor catering everywhere - on the Buga, all over Erfurt, everywhere in Thuringia."

On the Erfurt Buga, which started on Friday, guests can buy Thuringian grill specialties, soups, pasta, various snacks and cakes, among other things.

However, due to the pandemic, the offer is limited to drinks and food to take away.

There is a ban on alcohol.


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