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Germany slashes late-night noise rules for Euro 2016

Late-night Euro 2016 screenings can go ahead after Germany's upper house of parliament on Friday agreed to loosen the country's tough anti-noise regulations.

Germany slashes late-night noise rules for Euro 2016
Expect scenes like this up and down the land in June. Photo: DPA

Cities and towns can now allow public screenings to take place even if they would normally infringe late-night noise rules, state representatives in the Bundesrat decided.

It's normally strictly forbidden in Germany to cause excessive noise after 10pm.

But many of the matches in the tournament are planned to kick off at 9pm, which could have left German fans who stayed at home robbed of the electric atmosphere of the crowd.

Since the World Cup came to Germany in 2006, there have regularly been late-night noise exemptions to avoid exactly this problem.

That means that people living close to large squares or parks may have to get used to cheers of joy and howls of pain from the fans between June 10th and July 10th as the beautiful game has its ups and downs.

People hoping to organize a public viewing must still apply for permission from local authorities, leaving local civil enforcement officers to weigh up the balance between noise protection and public interest in the game.

Euro 2016 begins on June 10th with hosts France taking the field against Romania in the Stade de France in Paris.

L to R: Germany stars Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos. Photo: Adidas

Germany's Mannschaft will see their first action against Ukraine on June 12th in Lille – wearing a brand-new kit that's never before been seen on the field.

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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