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A short update on how the pandemic is affecting the electronic music scene on a daily base

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As instances of the Covid-19 variant Omicron continue to rise throughout the world, here’s a rundown of how the pandemic is affecting clubs, festivals, promoters, and the electronic music community as a whole.

Germany

• 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.

• The Berlin Club Commission has requested for PCR testing to be made mandatory in order to replace the present dance prohibition. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” chairperson Pamela Schobess said. “PCR testing provide security in this situation.”

Poland

• Nightclubs have been shuttered since the 15th of December, however, they may return momentarily on New Year’s Eve under stringent conditions (100 people max, vaccine passports).

France

• Since December 18th, France banned UK tourists who do not have a “compelling cause to go.” This excludes both tourist and business visits. Since last week, clubs have been shuttered.

Switzerland

• Since December 20th, Switzerland implemented new admission restrictions for clubs and events, with all guests obliged to adhere to the 2G+ rule: vaccinated or recovered during the past four months, or vaccinated or recovered combined with a negative test result.

Northern Ireland

• Nightclubs closed on December 26th until further notice, and all indoor standing events will be outlawed.

Canada

• From December 22nd to January 18th, all pubs and clubs in British Columbia will be closed. Restaurants are also no longer permitted to seat more than six people per table, implying that they cannot organize parties.

• The government declared today that clubs and bars around the country that have been struck with new capacity limitations of 50% are now eligible for pay and rent assistance.

• Quebec’s bars have been ordered to close.

• Beginning this weekend, dancing is prohibited in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, with capacity limitations in effect and clubs and restaurants required to close early, depending on the province.

UK

• Dalston Superstore in London closed early for the holidays on December 16th. The location intends to reopen on Tuesday, December 28th.

• As part of new measures outlined by Wales’ first minister, Mark Drakeford, nightclubs will close on December 27th.

• UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that from December 16th, that no additional assistance measures for the hotel industry will be implemented. However, as a result of a wave of cancellations, pressure is rising.

• On December 15th, the government enacted Plan B, a new set of regulations that includes requiring proof of vaccination or negative lateral flow tests to attend clubs and venues. Many clubs, like London’s Fabric, have been doing this “for months now,” according to director Cameron Leslie. “The experience of seeing textiles and a big number of other activities will be the same as it was a week ago.”

Portugal

• Prime Minister Antonio Costa has moved the closing of pubs and nightclubs from January 2nd to December 25th, from the original date of January 2nd. They will remain closed until at least January 9th.

Sweden

• Since December 23rd, all activities with more than 20 attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must be seated. All guests must display immunization permits for events with more than 500 individuals. Here are the new measures in their entirety.

USA

• Nightlife workers from NYC can claim $500 to a local non-profit Nightlife United.

• In Puerto Rico, all events have a maximum capacity of 250 people. In addition, all venues must close between midnight and 5 AM.

Greece

• Since December 29th, bars, nightclubs and restaurants can no longer play music.

Spain

• Asturias and Cantabria have shut down clubs down entirely.

• Aragon and Navarra ordered bars and venues to close after midnight.

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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The nightclub capacity will be reduced by 50% in Berlin from this weekend

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Due to the increase in COVID instances, nightclubs in Berlin would be forced to reduce capacity limitations to 50% starting on Saturday, November 27.

The limits will be in effect for less than a month, until December 19, when they will be reviewed. Even if they’ve previously recovered or have had both vaccinations, clubbers will now be forced to demonstrate a negative test upon admittance into nightclubs under the new ‘2G Plus’ regulation.

The “2G” rule refers to the current COVID requirements for large-scale events and nightlife locations in Germany, which require attendees to be either ‘geimpft’ (vaccinated) or ‘genesen’ (unvaccinated) (having had COVID in the last six months).

The limitations will apply to stores, hotels, entertainment halls, education centers, and even Christmas markets around the city.

Club owners are eligible for government assistance, but some are concerned that funds would take months to arrive.

Politicians in Germany are mulling a nationwide lockdown and obligatory vaccinations following a recent coalition arrangement and government turnover.

Since mid-October, the number of COVID cases in Germany has been steadily increasing. With 68,000 new infections on Tuesday, November 23, the largest number of cases in a single day was recorded.

Nightclubs in Bavaria, the country’s largest state, have now closed completely following a three-week lockdown that will see entertainment businesses shut down until Christmas.

For more information visit Berlin.de and the official Measures against the corona virus.