Berlin is easing club restrictions on Friday

Funkhaus Berlin

A number of restrictions on clubs and events are being lifted this week.

After a series of successful trial events, outdoor events with dancing will be allowed to return to the German capital from 18 June. These are to be capped at 250 people, and up to 10 people from five households can attend an event together. Each person must be able to provide a negative Covid-19 test, and wear FFP2-masks while not seated.

Outdoor events with no dancing will be allowed to host up to 1,000 people. Negative tests will also have to be provided if capacity is over 250 people. Elsewhere, across Berlin, the 12pm to 5am alcohol ban will be lifted for restaurants, bars and clubs.

Restrictions in Brandenburg are also set to loosen, though they will differ from Berlin’s club policies. Outdoor events in the neighbouring area will be capped at 1,000 people with no restrictions. Masks are to be worn at indoor events, which must also adhere to a social distancing rule of “no more than one guest per 10 square metres”. The announcement was made by the federal state’s prime minister, Dietmar Woidke.

The number of Covid cases in Berlin is continuing to decline week-on-week. At the beginning of June, the Robert Koch Institute announced that Berlin had a seven-day infection rate of 33.6 people per 100,000 inhabitants.