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Berlin's Club Commission Unveils Plan To Reopen Venues
Christian Eede , March 18th, 2021 18:21

The city will begin staging pilot events later this week

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Berlin's Club Commission has revealed a plan to reopen the city's music venues.

As Berliner Zeitung reports, the six-point plan will involve staging pilot events with rapid testing, while the group also wants to create a central information platform with hygiene recommendations and other regulations for different venues. In addition to both measures, the group, which is an association of Berlin club owners and operators, expects that developing apps, carrying out research projects and working on an information campaign will help to get the city's music venues open again.

The first part of the plan will involve a pilot reopening project, with various venues hosting events. On Saturday (March 20), 1000 guests will attend a performance from the Berliner Philharmoniker. Attendees will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from an authorised Berlin testing centre one day before the event in order to be allowed entry, and masks must be worn also.

The Säälchen event space will host an event on March 27, alongside Club Commission. The same rules around masks and testing prior to the event will apply. The results of the trial will be reviewed in April.

Pamela Schobeß, chairwoman of Club Commission and operator of the club Gretchen, called the pilot project "a small but important step to be able to create a perspective for the entire industry again after one year." It comes after Club Commission recently speculated that clubbing might not fully return to Berlin until 2022.