In Brief: Large event ban lifted in Berlin-Brandenburg for drive-in movie theaters

Plus Berlin’s open air Waldbühne venue to reopen in September.

Photo by: Corina Rainer, Unsplash

 

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Monika Müller-Kroll

The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg has overturned a ban on large events, at least for drive-in movie theaters. 

The ban on 1,000 or more people at a single event is part of the coronavirus rules imposed by the two states.

But the judges, in a rush decision issued Tuesday night, said drive-in movie theaters should be exempted because moviegoers arrive by car and stay in them during the performance.

The suit was filed by drive-in operators at Schoenefeld Airport.

Check here for up-to-date information regarding the management of COVID-19 in Berlin.

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There’s good news for music fans – Berlin’s open air venue, Waldbühne, will re-open in September.

Between eight and 10 concerts are being planned for the amphitheater, with the audience required to follow pandemic-related hygiene rules.

According to the organizers, only 5,000 of the more-than-22,000 available seats will be filled, in order to keep patrons two meters, or roughly six feet, apart.

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One in five children in Germany are growing up in poverty and even more so in Berlin, says a new report from the Bertelsmann Foundation. And COVID-19 is making the situation worse.

Children who are poor often have parents who only work part-time jobs and they are more likely to experience job and income loss during the pandemic.

Homeschooling also puts poor children at a disadvantage, because they often don’t have computers or internet at home.

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