From bars to gyms: What’s reopening in Berlin in June?

From bars to gyms: What's reopening in Berlin in June?
A closed bar during the shutdown in Friedrichshain, Berlin. Photo: DPA
Bars, pubs and gyms are some of the venues which will now be allowed to reopen in the German capital after the coronavirus shutdown.

For more than two months, strict measures have been in place in Berlin, and across Germany, to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Now the Senate has announced it will further ease the restrictions to allow more public life to reopen – however clubs, which Berlin is famous for, will have to remain shut.

The federal government has been publishing nationwide guidelines about coronavirus restrictions. However Germany's 16 states are drawing up their own plans and  rules can differ from state to state.

Check with your local government for the latest measures and any changes to rules.

Here's an overview of the latest developments in Berlin:

Fitness venues, bars, pubs and cinemas

– From June 2nd fitness studios will be allowed to open again – under strict conditions. For example, showers must remain closed off, and a distance of three metres must be maintained between gym machines.

– Sports are allowed in groups of up to 12 people, both indoors and outdoors.

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– Bars and pubs can reopen from June 2nd – but they must have table service. They are allowed to open from 6 to 11 pm. As is the case with restaurants, operators must have a plan in place to ensure distancing, hygiene and contact tracing.

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– Amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar establishments can open from June 2nd.

– Cinemas can open from June 30th, open-air cinemas from June 2nd.

– There is no date yet for when clubs can reopen

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– Religious gatherings: Outdoor religious events are permitted with an unlimited number of people from May 30th. Indoor events with 200 people are allowed from June 2nd and an unlimited amount of people are allowed from June 16th. Distance and hygiene rules must be in place.

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Meetings

– Private meetings, which are necessary for so-called “compelling reasons” (for example a wedding for funeral) can take place with up to 50 people. 

– For all other meetings the following applies: in private homes, i.e. indoors, a maximum of two households may meet.

– Outside, however, people from two separate households can meet or up to five people – note that the Germany-wide guidelines allow 10 people to meet. The 1.5-meter distance rule between people not from your household continues to apply.

– Other indoor events and meetings are permitted with up to 150 people from June 2nd, and up to 300 people from June 30th.

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– Outdoor events or meetings, such as concerts or film screenings, are permitted with up to 200 people from June 2nd and up to 500 people from June 16th and 1,000 people from June 30th.

Large events are prohibited until August 31st.

All events must have distance and hygiene rules.

Demonstrations

Outdoor public demonstrations are permitted from May 30th without any limit on the number of participants, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 metres and other hygiene rules are observed.

Pandemic not over

During the press conference held on Thursday May 28th, interior senator Andreas Geisel repeatedly warned that the relaxing of restrictions was not a sign that the pandemic was coming to an end. And if the situation worsens, rules could be brought back in.

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Geisel mentioned South Korea – a country that successfully contained the infection, relaxed restrictions but has had to tighten them again. He said no- knows when a second wave or localised outbreak can happen. 

“In principle, the pandemic is not over,” he said.

The new Berlin laws to contain the pandemic are valid from May 30th until July 4th.


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