Parties in the parks and rules of the Senate: let’s open the clubs – with a concept of hygiene, of course – in Berlin

Dancing in the disco, the night without limits, people without masks: they tried it in Leipzig. According to the MDR, the guests of the “Distillery” party, who had previously undergone an extensive testing procedure, were absolutely thrilled with the old-new dance experience: finally seeing laughing, happy and open faces again. . An attempt that should and could show what the path to normality could be like.

In Berlin, where politicians like to emphasize the importance of club culture, there was also a pilot project last weekend: in the club “Revier Southeast”, 300 dance enthusiasts were able to go crazy, so to speak: from a distance , with tracker that monitored if revelers kept their distance and with masks. Anyone who wanted to be there had to be tested, vaccinated or cured by the Corona.

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For representatives of the club scene, such as Lutz Leichsenring of the Club Commission, this was a step in the right direction.

The Club Commission has long been asking for this ban to be lifted, at least for the outdoor areas. On Tuesday, the Senate decided that “dancing merriment” (cited from the Senate information) should be allowed outdoors again, with a maximum of 250 attendees who must have tested negative for the Crown.

Parks and green spaces are full of parties

Politics seems a bit unrealistic. Parties of all sizes and orientations have been taking place for a long time, without authorization, without rehearsals, in the open air. And not just in Berlin.

The parks and green spaces of German cities are filled with young partygoers who have nothing less than “distance” in mind. Over the weekend, the news was full of public order and police operations – in Berlin, in Potsdam, in Cologne, in Essen.

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It is no longer silent, but a thunderous, heavy and alcoholic protest against a prohibition policy that seems automatic to many: look at the data on incidence; The Chancellor speaks with the Prime Ministers; easing-bargaining; attempts at profiling with “more” or “less” relaxation; warning from Karl Lauterbach; Announcement of a new easing in 14 days or with incidence numbers of – yes, how low?

Dealing with very real violations of distance rules, bans on alcohol and dancing, including peace disturbances, is as usual: Police officers and law enforcement can clean up. They are thrown with bottles, sometimes attached directly – and begin to interrupt the event when the festivities have been going on for a few hours and the evening is well under way. At least late in the evening they have the “disturbing” topic on their side.

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For hours, law enforcement officials diligently ignore the fact that the entire infection protection regulatory regime had been ignored in advance, in the hopes that the party’s dissolution later comes lightly. But should they use water cannons and special forces to interrupt the park’s parties to celebrate the summer?

This type of ban policy no longer works

The park parties show how great the gap is between politicians with their efforts to contain the epidemic and those who want to protect politicians from the consequences of unreasonable and risky behavior. This policy no longer works. It lags behind the perception, the number of infections and the attitude towards the life of young people.

But if thousands of young people no longer submit to a pandemic ban regime that the authorities are not enforcing, then it would be better to open clubs. Testing, collecting contact details, and tracking if an outbreak of infection is found – it would make sense. Because this would give you the ability to contain a source of infection. This possibility does not even exist at parties, where participants flee in all directions when the police arrive. Then no one will ever find out who got infected where.

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