Roermond angry with Venlo for Germans | Inland


In his position as mayor, Scholten called on Germans on Wednesday to stay away from Venlo next weekend. This is due to the increasing number of corona infections. Roermond now fears a waterbed effect: soon all Germans who had wanted to go to Venlo will turn to Roermond, where many Germans already come to the Designer Outlet.

On Saturday 3 October, the Germans will celebrate the reunification of their country thirty years ago. Traditionally, the Germans on that day cross the Limburg border en masse to go shopping in Roermond and Venlo. This repeatedly led to large crowds and traffic jams. For that reason, Venlo asks Germans to stay in their own country. When it is busy, shops, streets and parking garages close, Venlo warned.

Roermond is particularly surprised that Venlo took a unilateral decision. “As chairman of the Limburg North Safety Region, I ask you to make every effort to prevent the possible waterbed effect of extra flow of tourists to Roermond,” Donders concludes her letter to Scholten.

A spokesman for Mayor Scholten said in a response Thursday afternoon that there was indeed “some noise on the line, but it is now gone.” According to him, during interviews with German media, Scholten also mentioned Roermond as a place that Germans should avoid.

The spokesperson for the municipality of Roermond says that Donders, however, wants a response from the Safety Region, and that it has not yet received that response.

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