Because of the corona pandemic, berlin will soon have lower ceilings for private associations. Only 25 people are allowed to meet outside instead of 50, and only members of one household plus a maximum of five other people are allowed to meet inside instead of ten.
This was decided by the senate on tuesday, as announced by head of government michael muller (SPD). The senate had already decided to extend the mandatory wearing of masks. In the future, it will also apply to weekly markets, certain shopping streets and queues where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters does not have to be observed.
As muller announced, the lockdown imposed to contain the pandemic is also to be made court-proof. There are plans for an ordinance and a change in the law to "tighten up" the nighttime curfew and the ban on serving alcohol, both in the catering trade and in late-night outlets.
The ban on gastronomy and retail in berlin has been in effect since 10. October in the period from 23.00 o’clock to 6.00 o’clock. All catering establishments and almost all shops will then have to close.
However, the suspension could still be legally overturned. The berlin administrative court ruled last friday that it did not stand up to legal scrutiny. At least the eleven landlords, who had appealed to the court, do not have to comply with it now. The senate appealed. It is not yet clear when the supreme administrative court will rule on the matter.
In berlin, the corona infection had recently grown steadily. The number of new infections per 100.000 inhabitants within seven days climbed to 89.2 (as of monday). This puts the capital well above the critical threshold of 50.