Upper limit for celebrations and office mask obligation into effect

Upper limit for celebrations and office mask obligation into effect

In view of the recent increase in the number of corona infections in Berlin, new restrictions now apply. Since Saturday (October 03, 2020), private outdoor festivities with more than 50 participants are prohibited. In closed rooms there is an upper limit of 25 participants.

A sign refers to the obligatory wearing of a protective mask.

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A sign refers to the obligatory wearing of a protective mask.

According to the health administration, this applies to apartments, but also to restaurants. If there are ten or more participants, their data must be documented at the celebrations to ensure that contacts can be traced in the event of infection. A general obligation to wear masks in office and administration buildings is also new. It is used, for example, in corridors, on paths between workstations or in elevators when minimum distances cannot be maintained, but not when working at a desk. For a much longer period of time, masks are compulsory in various forms in buses and trains, stores, restaurants or schools.

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Last Tuesday, the Berlin Senate approved the new regulations, which go beyond the requirements in other German states. The intention was to react early in order to prevent further restrictions later on, it was said. Whether this will succeed is open to question. After all, the number of new infections in Berlin - as elsewhere in Germany - had recently risen comparatively sharply and had alarmed politicians. Within seven days, 34.5 people per 100,000 inhabitants were demonstrably infected with the coronavirus (as of October 02, 2020).
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This value, which is important for assessing the incidence of infection, is higher in the capital city than in any other federal state - however, the comparison of a densely populated metropolis with a large area is only possible to a limited extent. The authorities see illegal parties and private celebrations with abundant alcohol consumption as the source of infection. In inner city districts, the figure is even higher: top-ranked Mitte most recently reported 59.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg with 53.7 and Neukölln with 51.5 follow.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Tuesday, 6. October 2020 08:25 Uhr

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