The Berlin Senate has announced the return of Berlin’s nightclubs which are now able to open at full swing with ease on most restrictions from March 4.
The ban came into force on December 8 and was finally revised earlier last week on a federal level. The news was officially confirmed yesterday, February 22, by the Berlin Senate.
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Clubs will now be able to open on Friday, March 4, where masks will no longer be mandatory, no social distancing measures will be in place, and dancing will now be allowed.
Club-goers must follow the ‘2G Plus’ rule and show proof of vaccination or recovery, and everyone will be asked to show proof of a negative test whether vaccinated or not.
“Club culture thrives on closeness, movement and encounters. With mask requirements or a minimum distance, opening the clubs would not be practicable,” said Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe on Instagram last night.
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“In order to still enable safe club nights in Berlin, we have agreed in the Senate that when the club opens on March 4th, 2G Plus with an antigen test obligation should initially apply to all guests, including those who have been boosted.”
Following the news, several clubs have announced reopening parties including Club OST, Panke, Hoppetosse, and Funkhaus.
The Berlin Clubcommission's Lutz Leichsenring tells Mixmag: "The Berlin Senate followed our suggestion for no further mandatory hygiene measures inside of the clubs."
“We would like to thank all night owls for their understanding of this temporary protective measure. With the small detour to the test site, you are making a major contribution to the safe reopening of Berlin's clubs,” reads the statement from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Find Berlin Clubcommission's statement below.
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