"No fireworks zones" planned throughout the city
New Year's Eve fireworks and firecrackers will be banned in Berlin after all in many streets and some squares.
Measures against the corona virus
The Senate wants to base these bans on the current Corona Ordinance, which makes this possible. The Senate Interior Administration is currently drawing up a list of "streets, squares and green spaces" to which the ban applies, a spokesman for Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) said on Tuesday (December 22, 2020). The list is to be published this Wednesday.
More than one or two firecracker ban zones planned in Berlin
So far, only the two firecracker ban zones from last year around Pallasstraße in Schöneberg and at Alexanderplatz
were planned. However, Geisel had announced in the newspaper "Tageszeitung" (Taz) on Tuesday that the Senate would select areas distributed throughout the city "where firecrackers are basically prohibited on the basis of infection control." He added: "One or two will not be enough."
Last year's ban in the two areas was based on possible dangers from fireworks and numerous attacks on police officers and firefighters in previous years. Further zones were not planned partly because the police would have been able to control them only with great effort.
Ban on gatherings and fireworks throughout Germany in lively public places
The new, strict Corona bans now resulted in additional options, which the Senate apparently wants to use. The federal government and the states recently decided on a ban on the gathering of people and, as a result, a ban on fireworks in particularly busy squares, which the municipalities are to determine. In addition, the sale of fireworks was banned. This facilitates the controls by the police immensely, because only a fraction of the people will be on the road with fireworks at all.
Quiet New Year's Eve expected
Especially in metropolitan areas such as Berlin, this year's New Year's Eve is likely to be the quietest for many years - which some people will regret and others will welcome. After New Year's Eve, we can then expect a renewed debate about how to deal with New Year's Eve fireworks and firecrackers in the future.
This is how Berliners can celebrate and enjoy New Year's Eve in Corona times.
Last edited: Tuesday, 22. December 2020 16:48 Uhr