Berlin authorities report they’ve ordered more than 770 bars and stores to close over the past two weeks. Police ask people who head outside to carry an official photo ID with a document or letter showing their address.
“The House of Red Doors” party sold out online when COVID-19 abruptly halted Berlin’s nightlife. In today’s The Coronavirus Chronicle, we hear from promoter Alex Eccleston, whose once-thriving business may now disappear.
Closed shops, deserted streets and subways, most public life has disappeared amid the coronavirus pandemic. This Wednesday, KCRW Berlin’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson mulls over the empty city in “Silence,” our latest Wednesday 3 p.m. story.
A spokesman for the German Olympic Sports Confederation said between the shutdown of training facilities and the ban on any groups larger than two getting together, training for elite athletes had become impossible. In local news, Berlin Senate announced measures yesterday to suspend evictions and protect tenants who are behind on their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic.