Germany bans unvaccinated people from live events and closes nightclubs as cases surge

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Clubs must be closed in areas where 350 cases per 100,000 people have been reported in the past week

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Germany has banned the majority of non-vaccinated people from public life, including attending gigs.

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The move, in an effort to curb the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the country, means that only people who have been fully vaccinated against the disease or have recovered from the virus in the past six months will be allowed to visit cultural sites, restaurants and restaurants. will be allowed in. Cinema, leisure facilities and many shops.

The rule, the so-called “2G” (meaning “GeneSense” for those who have recovered in the past six months and “Gimpft” for vaccination), differs from the country’s “3G” rule, which introduced testing as a component of entry measures. was also allowed.

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“2G” is now applicable across the country rather than in select German states.

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Nightclubs must close in areas where 350 cases per 100,000 people have been reported in the past seven days (the national rate is over 400). Outdoor events are limited to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 15,000 attendees while indoor events are limited to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 5,000 attendees. Masks are mandatory in all events.

It comes as outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said vaccination could be made mandatory by February, after Austria confirmed such a move in the same month.

While German promoters have welcomed the extension of the “2G” rule to the rest of the country, some have said they are concerned by social distancing and varying restrictions on capacity, and pressure on the need for further financial aid in 2022. inserted.

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Businesses in Scotland are now obliged by law to check the vaccination status of everyone entering most pubs, bars and nightclubs. credit: Rob Pinney / Getty Images

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Detlef Kornett, the Berlin-based promoter and CEO of ticket agency DEAG, told Intelligence: “We believe that setting clear rules is helpful and good for our business, as long as they are sensible and rational and therefore welcome 2G rules.

“The live industry prompted the government to introduce 2G rules for all live events this summer. It removes confusion about tests, certifications and how to test and record them, which simplifies the conduct of a live event overall. But it also encourages vaccination and it is a high vaccination rate that is needed for our industry to return to normalcy.

“However, the 2G rule is accompanied by capacity and social distancing – rules vary by federal state in Germany, by indoor and outdoor and these rules are subject to interpretation.

He continued: “However, a variation of the rules makes touring and even solo concerts impossible and results in uncertainty and injustice throughout Germany. The end result is that live events are in some cases impossible or impossible.” become financially unwell.”

The news follows other security measures that are being implemented or reintroduced elsewhere.

Last week, Ireland’s Prime Minister Michael Martin announced a drop in capacity for indoor events such as concerts as well as the complete closure of nightclubs.

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