Lueneburg, Germany (dpa) – Police from the German mainland were sent to the East Frisian island of Norderney on Sunday to help clear the tourist spot of holidaymakers.
The coronavirus pandemic led to island authorities asking all tourists to leave by Sunday, three days earlier than planned.
A ferry brought 26 police officers over from the mainland early on Sunday and spot checks on potential tourists will continue on Monday.
“If there are still guests on the island, criminal proceedings will be initiated,” a police spokeswoman said.
Any tourists still there on Monday will be taken off the island and fined.
Norderney’s mayor Frank Ulrichs said he hoped such measures would not be necessary and that a large number of tourists had already left by Saturday.