District mayors in Berlin’s local government have been asked to find open-air spaces that can be used by clubs for socially distanced parties.
Green spaces such as parks, as well as squares and streets, were all recommended to assess in a letter sent to the 12 mayors, with special event permits set to be made available, as Mixmag reports.
In a measure that many have speculated is a response to an increase in illegal open-air parties in the city in recent months, mayors have been asked to consider parks, streets and even sports hall that might be fit for such events in a bid to help the city’s ailing nightlife industry. Many of the illegal events that have cropped up in the city have taken place without respecting local coronavirus guidelines, so it’s hoped that these events might provide an alternative under more hygienic and appropriate conditions.
“Berlin misses its diverse club scene,” the city’s economics minister Ramona Pop told the Berliner Morgenpost. “Clubs and bars are suffering economically during the corona crisis. We want to create legal opportunities to party in public areas for the clubs and Berliners.”
It’s expected that Berlin’s clubs will be put in charge of running the events, giving them a chance to try to make some profit.