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Updates on how the pandemic is influencing the electronic music scene on Germany

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Night clubs are presently prohibited in Berlin due to the spread of the Coronavirus. The club scene has previously campaigned for vaccination and planned events such as the “long night of immunization” in the summer.

• The Berlin Club Commission has proposed that the present dancing ban be replaced with obligatory PCR testing. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” said Pamela Schobess, head of the committee. “PCR testing provides security in this situation.”

• German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state premiers reached an agreement to close all nightclubs by New Year’s Eve. Previously, clubs were only required to close in areas with high Covid-19 instances. Private meetings will also be limited to a maximum of ten persons who have been vaccinated.

• From January 3rd to 9th, the Berlin venues Sage Beach, Klunkerkranich, Mensch Meier, and /about blank will serve as temporary Covid-19 immunization centers. More information may be found here.

• The Nachtdigital team announced last week that their most recent event, NACHTIVILLE, had been postponed for the second year in a row. It has yet to occur in its new site in northern Germany.

11 Berlin nightclubs and organizers have filed a lawsuit to overturn the dance prohibition

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According to RBB24, some clubs and producers in Berlin are pursuing legal action in response to the city’s latest dance prohibition.

Club OST, Insomnia, Matrix, Aseven, KitKatClub, Revolver Party, Soda Club, Der Weiße Hase, and trance superstar Paul Van Dyk were among the 11 artists that filed an appeal with Berlin’s administrative court on Thursday, December 16th, with the help of lawyer Niko Härting.

Härting stated on his website, “Out of the clubs, into the private parties.” “The dancing prohibition is ineffective at preventing infection.”

Härting and the organization want the ban lifted as soon as possible, preferably by December 30th. The statement states, “Organizers have invested substantially in the preparation of New Year’s Eve events and have sold thousands of tickets.” “There’s a chance that millions of people will fail. The Berlin club scene, already shattered by Covid-19, is concerned about its future.”

Although Berlin’s Clubcommission is not a member of the organization, it has spoken out against the ban on its own, advocating obligatory PCR testing as an alternative. “For this reason, we’ve done trial projects with the [hospital] Charité,” Lutz Leichsenring told RBB24. “They were victorious.”

PCR testing, according to the organization, is also a possible option. The statement states, “The pilot research scientifically established that there are no substantial risks of infection in clubs provided testing is done consistently.”

On December 8th, the most recent dance prohibition went into effect, forcing most clubs to close. Some, on the other hand, have remained open, offering seating and even open-air performances. An administrative court in Berlin lifted a dance prohibition earlier this year, allowing vaccinated and recovered persons to attend gatherings.

Berlin Clubcommission requests the removal of the current dancing ban

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A new law went into effect last week in Berlin that banned dancing in nightclubs and imposed capacity limits on large-scale gatherings.

The prohibition was enacted in response to an increase in COVID cases across the country, as well as concerns about the novel Omicron form discovered lately in Germany.

The Berlin Clubcommission is now demanding for the restriction to be lifted and a new PCR testing method to be implemented in its stead, claiming that “PCR tests provide security.”

Pamela Schobess, chairwoman of the club commission and a spokesperson for Berlin’s Gretchen, said of the new decision, “In the current context, we can understand constraints.”

On December 13, the Clubcommission issued a statement “criticizing” the latest limitations, claiming: “to ensure that social life may continue during the pandemic, clear strategies, not actionism,” in a series of Instagram comments.

They added information from a pilot event in August, which went forward to resume nightlife in collaboration with the Senate Department of Culture and Europe and shown that PCR testing is effective in allowing nightclubs to continue operating securely.

The request for PCR testing has been accompanied by simple guidelines for the government on how to implement it, including the use of PCR laboratories, QR code readers, and a particular app to receive results.

“We feel the current legal situation is questionable because we are allowed to open, but only under restricted terms,” Clubcommission’s Lutz Leichsenring told Mixmag of the dancing restriction.

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Berlin clubs will open their doors to vaccinated and recovered persons as early as this weekend

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This weekend, the Berlin Senate will allow clubs to open for those who have either been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19, potentially as early as this weekend.

On August 31, the Berlin Clubcommission announced the decision. The new regulations are expected to go into force this weekend, according to a report by AFP.

People who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 infection will be permitted inside under the new method. Capacity and mask rules will not be enforced. They’ll still be prohibited from entering if they’re unvaccinated or have never received Covid-19.

When it came to those who had recently been vaccinated or recovered, an administrative court found that the prohibition on dancing indoors was “likely to be disproportional.” To comply with this judgment, the Berlin Senate announced its decision today. Since the summer, certain Berlin venues have operated outside spaces.

Berlin indoor club events will take place this weekend without mask or distancing

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The Senate Department for Culture and Europe in Berlin is investigating the potential of hosting indoor club activities during the outbreak. Starting this Friday at 10pm until August 6th. Currently, 2,000 willing clubbers will be able to attend six different venues: Salon Zur Wilde Renate, Kitkat, SO36, Crack Bellmer, Festsaal Kreuzberg, and Metropol.

Participants need PCR testing from a particular test provider before and after the weekend, rather than the less reliable antigen tests that are normally utilized right now for events entry. Following the session, participants will be asked to complete a survey. The test program hopes to address the challenges of maintaining distance and mask measures inside. Applicants might be both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Another objective of the trial is to break the link between case frequency levels and venue reopening strategies. Fluctuations in incidences make it difficult for clubs to adjust to the ever-changing levels of regulation, necessitating the development of “scientifically based models that permit dance events even under pandemic conditions.”

Tickets will be available on venue websites beginning August 3rd for €15 plus a 10 Euro refunded after the final test. Please visit the Club Commission’s website for more information.

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Tag Der Clubkultur is coming back

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On October 3rd, 2021, the Berlin Club Commission will host another Tag Der Clubkultur. The program, which began in 2020, would grant €10,000 to 40 groups or cooperatives to host an event. The winners will be chosen by a panel of music industry specialists, including DJ Gigola, Lewamm “Lu” Ghebremariam, Pansy, Volkan Aar, and Whitney Wei.

Throughout July, clubs and cooperatives will be able to apply, and the winners will be announced in September. In addition to the 40 normal winners, one special prize will be awarded to a group that has made a significant socio-political contribution.

For more details about this initiative visit the official website from Tag Der Clubkultur.

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