According to Infection Protection Law (IfSG) § 36, youth hostels are classified as community accommodations for children and young adults, and required to employ hygiene plans and in-house procedures for hygiene with the goal to minimise infection risk. These standards are in place even without the extraordinary infection conditions we are currently experiencing.
Objective of the hygiene plans:
- Analysis of infection dangers
- Assessment and minimisation of risks
- Establishing control measures and requirements for documentation and education
In the current Corona-pandemic, youth hostels are applying additional hygiene measures beyond those outlined and legally required in the standard hygiene plan. These measures incorporate more extensive and strict rules for personal hygiene and for technology and organisation related to interactions with guests, suppliers, and staff.
These standards are based on federal and state government standards, on recommendations by the Robert Koch Institute, the World Health Organization (WHO), and DEHOGA (German Association for Hotel and Accommodations) and comply with standards set by the DJH main association, which have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness by the University Hospital Saarland, and deemed correct. Moreover, the standards have been submitted to the subsidiary health authorities.