In future, masks will have to be worn on 10 Berlin streets.

In an attempt to reduce the Corona virus infection rate, the Berlin Senate decreed on Tuesday that the enforced wearing of masks would be extended. In future, it will also apply to markets, certain shopping streets and queues in which the minimum distance of 1.5 metres can’t be observed.

These ten streets will be affected by the expanded mask order:

  • Schloßstraße (Steglitz)
  • Tauentzienstraße (Charlottenburg/Schöneberg)
  • Kurfürstendamm (Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf)
  • Wilmersdorfer Straße (Charlottenburg)
  • Bergmannstraße (Kreuzberg)
  • Friedrichstraße (Mitte)
  • Bölschestraße (Friedrichshagen)
  • Alte Schönhauser Straße (Mitte)
  • Altstadt Spandau
  • Karl-Marx-Straße (Neukölln)

Not only that: every person must now wear a mouth and nose cover when the minimum social distance – 1.5 metres – is difficult to maintain.

What has been enforced in the shops, now applies to walkways as well. The mask will also be made a mandatory requirement in enclosed shopping malls. The new rule also applies to gatherings (demos) indoors.

The new Corona measures mean lower limits for private gatherings will soon apply in Berlin. In open-air, only 25, instead of the previous 50 people, are allowed to meet. Indoors, instead of the previous ten people, only members of one household plus a maximum of five other people can gather. Everybody, especially anyone with symptoms, should limit their contacts.

So far, citizens have been made to wear mouth and nose protection in shops, on buses, and trains, at the office, in restaurants – away from the table – and at schools, but only outside of class and not in the playground.

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Ever Higher Reported Corona Infections in Berlin

The corona infection rate has been increasing continuously in Berlin over recent weeks. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (in seven days) rose to 89.2 (as of last Monday). The capital is thus well above the critical threshold of 50.

As a reaction to this development, the “red-red-green” Senate had already passed various measures since September 28. These include: the order to wear masks in office buildings, upper limits for private assembly inside (10), and outside (50), and the stringent restrictions at night.

The Senate Wants to Make Night-time Curfew an Official Law!

In addition, after a first legal defeat, the Senate wants to force the curfew – imposed in response to the rising infection rate – into law. Müller announced this on Tuesday after the meeting. An edict, and a change in the law, are planned in order to “sharpen up” the night curfew, and the ban on serving alcohol both for the catering trade and for late night sales outlets. All restaurants, and almost all shops ,have had been given no choice but to close between 11pm and 6am, since October 10th. Last Friday, the Berlin Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) ruled that the curfew does not stand up to legal scrutiny.

At least, the eleven proprietors who took the Senate to court no longer have to comply. The Senate has appealed that ruling. The Higher Administrative Court (Oberverwaltungsgericht) is yet to reach its decision.