Hamburg loosens dance ban from Friday after illegal parties

EFor the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic, it is possible to dance again in Hamburg under strict conditions. The Senate decided to allow outdoor dancing on Friday. The condition is that all visitors tested negative, fully vaccinated or recovered, said Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) on Tuesday. The Senate did not specify where to dance – it had to be a demarcated area on which a maximum of 250 people could celebrate without a mask.

On the past weekends, young people had repeatedly organized illegal parties in Hamburg’s green spaces. Because of violations of the Corona regulation and noise protection as well as criminal offenses, the police repeatedly cleared the city park, where thousands of young people celebrated. The German Police Union (DPolG) then campaigned for a relaxation of the dance ban.

The Senate is now reacting to the riots with a ban on alcohol. From 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, no alcohol may be brought or drunk in the city park, Tschentscher explained. There is a special situation in the park: When it gets dark, the mood on the past weekends has turned. Police officers were molested and bottles were thrown at them. The aggressive park visitors would also have ignited pyrotechnics.

Three tests are recommended instead of two

Hamburg had banned the so-called dance pleasures in mid-March last year. The ban remained in place last summer when the incidence temporarily fell below 1. The number of new infections within seven days is currently 9.8, as the health authority announced on Tuesday.

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The Senate also decided on Tuesday to allow sporting events with spectator placement in a checkerboard pattern, that is, with half the capacity. Indoor sports can take place with one person per ten square meters. The validity of rapid antigen tests is extended from 24 to 48 hours. A quick test is now also sufficient for cruises.

In Bavaria, on the other hand, it will no longer be mandatory to wear a mask at all schools. According to the Bavarian elementary school pupils, children and adolescents at secondary schools no longer have to wear mouth and nose protection at their seat if the regional seven-day incidence is below 25. The Bavarian cabinet decided on Tuesday in Munich, as Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) then announced. It should be recommended to do a corona test three times a week instead of twice.

“Scientists were mostly right”

In addition, Bavaria is further loosening the corona protective measures for cultural and sporting events. In compliance with appropriate hygiene concepts, up to 1,500 spectators will be allowed outdoors instead of the previous 500, including up to 200 in standing places with a minimum distance.

For his part, Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) can imagine that there could be another lockdown in view of the particularly contagious Delta variant and the mass events around the European Football Championship. “I wouldn’t rule that out in any way. If the wave then comes and we get into exponentiality, we have no other options, ”said Kretschmann on Tuesday in Stuttgart.

He is very worried that the Delta variant will continue to spread inexorably. With a view to the celebrating football fans in the stadiums, he believes that this is possible. “When I see these pictures, I feel very uncomfortable,” said Kretschmann.

The crucial question is “whether we can inoculate against it,” said the Green politician. Some scientists would have predicted the fourth wave, “and they were mostly right”.