In Brief: Berlin senators tighten coronavirus rules for people at demonstrations, private gatherings

The decision comes after a Berlin demonstration last weekend where thousands of people gathered to protest coronavirus measures and flouted hygiene rules.

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By Sylvia Cunningham and Kate Brady

Berlin senators agreed on Tuesday to mandate the wearing of masks at demonstrations with more than 100 participants.

The decision comes after a Berlin rally last weekend where thousands of people gathered to protest coronavirus measures and flouted hygiene rules.

Given the COVID-19 infection rate, the senators also decided to tighten the rules on private gatherings.

Hosts must follow pandemic rules and for parties with more than 50 guests, collect contact information in the event someone later tests positive for the coronavirus.

The Berlin Senate also decided it’s not only a restaurant’s responsibility to document who ate there.

Health Senator Dilek Kalayci told reporters patrons will no longer be able to get away with writing down “Mickey Mouse” or other fictitious names.

Fines for people who violate this rule start at 50 euros.

Stay up to date on Berlin’s coronavirus rules and measures at our COVID-19 information page.

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Berlin police are calling on witnesses to come forward following a serious car crash on Ku’damm boulevard at 9:20 p.m. on Monday.

A 45-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter were left with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries after a BMW ploughed into their Ford Fiesta, tipping the car on its side at the Lehniner Platz intersection.

Emergency responders resuscitated the mother at the scene.

The perpetrator or perpetrators fled on foot.

Police spokesman Martin Hallweg said eyewitnesses have told authorities the driver of the BMW was taking part in an illegal race.

No information is known about other vehicles that may have taken part.

Reinhard Naumann, the district mayor of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, has long demanded that modern speed cameras be installed on Ku’damm and Tauentzienstraße to deter speeders and identify perpetrators of illegal races more quickly.

He told public broadcaster rbb on Wednesday: “Every single accident is one too many.”

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The German economy is slowly recovering after its historic collapse due to the pandemic.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters on Tuesday the gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract by 5.8% this year – somewhat less than what was forecast in April.

Still, he cautioned there is a long road ahead, projecting that German exports will plummet by more than 12% in 2020.

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