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Berlin is banning dancing in nightclubs

The stricter regulations come into effect on December 8 due to rising COVID cases

  • Aneesa Ahmed
  • 3 December 2021
Berlin is banning dancing in nightclubs

Dancing will no longer be permitted inside Berlin nightclubs from next Wednesday, the Berlin senate has ruled.

Berlin is tightening its COVID restrictions for large events and venues such as nightclubs.

This includes a ban on dancing inside nightclubs and strict maximum limits on large events.

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The new set of regulations will be coming into force from Wednesday, December 8.

This move from the Berlin senate comes after Germany's federal government said that all nightclubs in states with high COVID-19 rates must close.

Currently, the cut-off point is 350 new infections per 100,000 people and Berlin has a rate of 361.

These regulations include restrictions on the amount of people attending football matches for teams including Union Berlin and Hertha.

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There will also be restrictions put in place for those wanting to attend Christmas Markers.

As well as a ban on dancing indoors, clubbers have also been advised to limit contact with other people. The 2G rule applies everywhere for nightlife in Berlin.

The "2G" rule refers to Germany's current COVID guidelines for large-scale events and nightlife spaces - which requires patrons to hold one of two "Gs" - either 'geimpft' (vaccinated) or 'genesen' (having had COVID in the last six months).

As of November 27, there is a strict limited capacity of 50% at all nightlife venues. This will continue amidst the new announcement of regulations.

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Additionally, contact restrictions for all unvaccinated people will soon be applied in Berlin.

According to RA, Lutz Leichsenring from Clubcommission Berlin said: "20 months of pandemic and no better idea than to ban dancing,

"It doesn't take much imagination to figure out that you can't enforce a dance ban in party basements and private homes. Without 2G and without tests.

"No word about PCR tests, no data on level of infections assigned to clubs that justifies such massive restrictions."

People online have been commenting on the situation. On reveller said "More like no sir, I can't boogie!!!!!!!".

Some people are critical of the move, with one saying: "Berlin clubs stay open but no dancing allowed. So really, no change has been made".

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[Via: Berliner Zeitung]

Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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