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"Massive price increase": Can thermal baths in Bavaria remain open at all?

2022-11-29T03:59:03.559Z

"Massive price increase": Can thermal baths in Bavaria remain open at all? Created: 2022-11-29 04:47 By: Tanja Kipke The Bavarian Spa Association sounds the alarm. The high energy prices could soon force thermal baths to close. Criticism of the government is great. Munich – One closure follows the next. Rising energy costs are causing problems for medium-sized companies in particular. The firs



"Massive price increase": Can thermal baths in Bavaria remain open at all?

Created: 2022-11-29 04:47

By: Tanja Kipke

The Bavarian Spa Association sounds the alarm.

The high energy prices could soon force thermal baths to close.

Criticism of the government is great.

Munich – One closure follows the next.

Rising energy costs are causing problems for medium-sized companies in particular.

The first shops are therefore already closing their doors – forever.

Of course, the energy crisis is not always to blame.

But for many, this is at least the decisive factor in giving up their long-standing business.

For example, at the traditional butchery Bühler from Bamberg, which has had to pay “7,000 euros additional costs” since May due to the crisis.

Energy crisis is forcing companies to their knees: “Price increases cannot be managed without help”

Swimming pools and thermal baths also suffer from the costs.

In pools, the operators have already lowered the water temperatures to save energy.

In addition, some saunas remain completely closed.

The Bavarian Spa Association now even fears the closure of thermal baths and health resorts.

"Our health resorts and spas, the health resorts and other facilities are facing massive price increases for electricity and gas," said the association chairman and district administrator of Wunsiedel, Peter Berek (CSU), on Thursday (November 24).

"They won't be able to do this without help."

Are the thermal baths in Bavaria threatened with closure?

© Soeren Stache/dpa/Archive

Spa Association criticized: "There is a risk of massive damage to the health system"

This threatened "not only the closure of thermal baths or other companies," said Berek.

"There is a risk that established structures in rural Bavaria will be broken up, jobs will be lost, and ultimately there will be massive damage to the health system that can no longer be repaired." .

Saving energy like in swimming pools is not as easy with thermal baths.

You could not simply lower the water temperature because then the health benefits of the healing springs would be lost, for example for rheumatism patients, said Goertz-Meissner, President of the German Spa Association, the

dpa

.

In thermal baths, the water comes out of the ground warm, but the air in the baths, as well as the changing, relaxation and therapy rooms, must also be heated in order to be able to take full advantage.

Economic Stabilization Fund the solution for spa facilities?

Although a gas price brake has already been decided, it applies primarily to households and small companies with an annual consumption of less than 1.5 million kilowatt hours.

Relief is also planned for industry.

It should even apply from January, but it is not yet entirely clear what it looks like and for whom it applies.

The question is also whether the companies will survive until the aid actually reaches them.

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In addition to the gas price brakes, an economic stabilization fund with twelve billion will be made available for institutions and companies that can hardly save electricity and gas.

From Goertz-Meissner's point of view, the health facilities of the health resorts must urgently benefit from this planned hardship fund.

(tkip/dpa)

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