On Friday, 3rd September, the Berlin Senate confirmed indoor nightclubs in Berlin can reopen, provided attendees have received both their doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccination or recently recovered from COVID-19 as reported by Club Commission.
Fewer restrictions for clubbers, as they will no longer be required to wear a mask inside, no social distancing, capacities of up to 2,000 people are possible – provided there is mechanical ventilation installed in the club and if no ventilation system then a capacity of up to 1,000 is permissible.
Berlin’s Club Commission had pushed for testing to be a requirement for entry into clubs, but the Berlin Senate has ruled out testing to be a condition of entry.
The announcement comes off the back of a court ruling on 20th August that existing coronavirus restrictions in place at the time are likely to be “disproportionate” for those who have had their two doses of the approved vaccine or were recently infected.
The Berlin Clubcommission states that the city’s renowned nightclub industry draws in millions of visitors annually, with yearly revenue of €1.5 billion generated in 2018 and likely to be higher in 2019. A massive win for the city and a promising step in the right direction towards some kind of normality for the city’s nightlife industry.