Bavaria shuts down gigs and nightclubs as COVID-19 cases rise

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The German state has entered a partial lockdown for at least three weeks

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The German state of Bavaria has announced that all bars, clubs and live venues in the region will be closed for three weeks as a result of rising COVID-19 cases.

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The announcement was made on 19 November, with the closure from today (22 November). The new measures come as coronavirus cases in the country hit a record high on November 18.

As sky News In the report, Chancellor Angel Merkel described the situation in Germany as “dramatic”, and urged people to get vaccinated. “The fourth wave is hitting our country in full force,” she said. Currently, vaccination rates in the country are lower than the average in Western Europe, with about 68 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

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“I saw it coming,” said David Mualem, co-founder of Munich Club Blitz. resident advisor, “If I am being really honest, I think we will not open before the end of January, February. But I do not know. I cannot predict the future.

“Two years after the pandemic, I am out of power,” he continued. “I just feel so weak, to be honest. Because if I think about the last five or six weeks that we’ve reopened, it was really a nightmare. It’s hard for people to understand Because everybody’s like, ‘Yeah, you can reopen your club after so long.’ And yes, I am glad to see smiling faces on the dance floor again and have amazing parties, but we have lost almost 50% of our workforce.”

Elsewhere, Berlin’s club commission issued a statement criticizing the statement that clubs are responsible for new COVID-19 cases. This came after a press release by Germany’s contract tracing system Luca claimed that 49 percent of alerts could be traced back to nightclubs.

The club commission wrote in the statement: “Club visitors are hereby informed that someone present on the evening of their visit subsequently tests positive for corona. In almost all other areas of public and private life, this certainty does not exist. Even though we as operators are worried about the coming months, we can say that we take hygiene regulations and contact tracing very seriously.”

Recently, a three-week partial lockdown was also implemented in the Netherlands, with clubs and live venues ordered to close early. This was also due to rising coronavirus cases as the country recorded its highest number of cases in a single day, resulting in a seven-day average of over 12,000.

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