Berlin’s Club Commission announces six-point plan to reopen venues

The plan involves pilot events with rapid testing, apps and more.

Berlin’s Club Commission has outlined a six-point plan to reopen clubs in the German capital. As reported by Berliner Zeitung yesterday (17 March), Club Commission (which is the association of Berlin club operators) has proposed pilot events with rapid testing, as well as a central information platform with hygiene recommendations and current regulations. It is also required for the venues to systematically record the number of visitors. The use of apps, participation in research projects and an information campaign are also expected to help towards the reopening of venues, clubs and event spaces.

The first stage of the plan involves a pilot reopening project, with Holzmarkt among the project participants. The Säälchen event space, alongside the Club Commission, will host a concert on 27 March. Attendees will be able to purchase a rapid Covid-19 test and ticket for €20. At the door, they will then show proof of identity as well as a negative test. Surgical or FFP2 masks must also be worn during the event. Keep an eye on the Holzmarkt website for ticket information.

Pamela Schobeß, chairwoman of Club Commission who also runs the club Gretchen, called the pilot project “a small but important step to be able to create a perspective for the entire industry again after one year”.

The results of the trial will be reviewed in April. The Berliner Philharmoniker, Volksbühne Theatre and two operas are also participating in the pilot project.

“This kind of pilot is unique in Germany – and will hopefully contribute to being able to visit cultural events without fear,” Berlin culture minister Klaus Lederer (Die Linke) said in a statement last week (11 March). “As soon as possible.”

Berliner Zeitung also reported that so far, there have been no closings among the 300 members of the Club Commission. This is said to be thanks to the emergency aid programmes of the state and federal government as well as the appeals for donations and loans.