How Berlin’s club scene is weathering the pandemic

Nearly two years into COVID-19, the city’s recently reopened nightspots try to dance their way to a healthy Club Kultur.

Revelers dance beneath smoke and lights at an open-air electronic music party in Berlin, Germany in August 2021. Prior to September, a same-day negative COVID-19 test was required to enter public gathering spaces including music venues, cultural spaces and athletic events. The city offered free testing to all citizens in easily accessible centers, and mobile testing sites were set up outside spaces requiring them for entry. Restrictions are once again in the works with a spike in COVID cases, including lower capacity rules for nightclubs and proof of negative test results to gain entry.

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