I signed a non-refundable contract for a group stay at the Westin Grand Berlin for May 8, 2020. The group had to cancel the trip due to COVID-19 pandemic. The hotel sent me an invoice for the balance and threaten to forward it to their legal department if it's not paid immediately. Germany closed their boarders and does not allow tourists into the country. Can they sue me for the payment?
The crucial point is if the hotel is able to fulfil the contract. This is decided on May, 3, as the new policies for Berlin are rolled out that day.
Chances are high tourism is still not allowed in Berlin on May, 8, so the hotel cannot fulfil. That's why they are eager to have their guests' money now. Because if a guest payed, the guest had to sue them to get her money back, and if the hotel goes bankrupt, the guest won't get a cent.
And that's why I personally would not pay a cent in the current situation. If against all odds tourism is going to be allowed on May, 8, I would pay as soon as I took notice of that, on May, 3. From now, that's still within the payment notice/reminder period. They could bill me a few Euro for late payment, not more.