In Brief: In Brief: Berlin to reopen bars and gyms starting on June 2

The senators decided up to five people who aren’t from the same household will also be able to get together now at a person’s home, as long as they follow social distancing rules.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Monika Müller-Kroll and Caleb Larson

The Berlin Senate has agreed to reopen bars and taverns starting on Tuesday, June 2, as long as patrons only sit at tables. Clubs remain closed.

The senators also decided to open gyms starting on June 2, as long as people stay 3 meters, or roughly 10 feet apart, Berlin Senator for the Interior Andreas Geisel said last night.

And up to five people who aren’t from the same household will also be able to get together now at a person’s home, as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Geisel added that his increasing normality will only work if the residents of Berlin continue to be careful.

You can find more details on the changes here.

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Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that websites using cookies need users to actively consent.

The case was filed with the Karlsruhe court by the German consumer rights organization over the “Planet49” lottery website. It was allowing visitors to save their consent for cookies, which are used to track consumer behavior for marketing purposes.

But the judges ruled against consent being stored and said users have to agree to cookies every time they go to a site.

In a statement, Klaus Müller, who is a board member with the plaintiff’s group, called the decision a good one for consumers that protects their privacy.

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An unexploded World War II bomb found in Cottbus forced around 700 residents to evacuate their homes yesterday morning.

Local officials reported the 50 kilograms — or 110.2 pounds — Soviet bomb was found during road construction and was in poor condition.

In addition to evacuating residents, police cordoned off the main train station, and bomb disposal technicians successfully diffused the bomb on site.

About 10% of the nearly 1.5 million tons of munitions dropped above Germany during World War II failed to detonate, and across the country, bombs are often uncovered during construction.

In January, seven American bombs were found near Tesla’s Gigafactory in Grünheide, and were disposed of via controlled detonation.

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