photo: Keith Telfeyan.
While the effective roll-out of the vaccine has already restored some normalcy among the British, Germany is still grappling with the pandemic and is trying to fight it with various new restrictions. These change so often that they are sometimes difficult to follow, and some argue that they do not exclusively target the riskiest behaviors. This is the view of Clubcomission Berlin, which in its latest statement criticizes the ban on outdoor events.
Clubcomission Berlin, the self-proclaimed “Berlin Club Culture Network”, released a statement titled “Lockout not Lockdown” in which they explain that hygienically organized outdoor events do not pose as much of a threat to health. infection than the private inside. gatherings. According to the statement, “it has been scientifically proven that COVID-19 infections occur almost exclusively indoors.”
Clubcomission draws attention to the fact that “During the past year […] many organizers have proven that outdoor spaces with hygiene concepts, masks and distances are possible. In the words of Lutz Leichsenring: “It turns out that outdoor events and gatherings are the solutions, not the problem. It was not the many open spaces last summer that led to increased infection rates, but poorly ventilated indoor spaces such as private living rooms or offices. ”
photos: Keith Telfeyan
And while such indoor events are also prohibited, Clubcomission maintains that “indoor violations cannot be controlled by the authorities with a few exceptions. Still, private indoor meetings are responsible for 99.9% of infections, according to a study conducted by Ireland HPSC. ”
We believe that the Berlin Clubcomission is making some valid points, which are particularly relevant now that summer is approaching. As Pamela Schobeß said: “Everyone aspires to culture, to attend a play, to listen to a reading or to dance to music. These outdoor events not only give Berliners back a certain quality of life, but they are also much safer from a pandemic point of view than private meetings in closed rooms.
As the recent scandal surrounding the Bottega Venetta party has shown, pandemic regulations are not taken seriously by those who are privileged enough to escape or avoid them. Meanwhile, lockdown fatigue is real – and the ever-changing restrictions do little to alleviate it. Lifting the ban on outdoor gatherings could provide the desperately needed opportunity to interact with off-screen friends without having to resort to underground parties at home.
The current slow pace of vaccine deployment does not leave us with the impression that the pandemic has an end in sight. But as we wait for Berlin to transform into the city we once knew, we feel like we need something to remind us of our best days before the crown.
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