- Chairwoman Pamela Schobeß also urged the government to offer venues further financial support.
Pamela Schobeß, chairwoman of the Berlin Club Commission, expects the city's club scene won't return in full until the end of 2022.
Schobeß, who is also the CEO of local club Gretchen, told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur that clubs "are the first to be closed and the last to be allowed to reopen," Rbb24 reports. She added that venue owners will require financial support from the government throughout this transition, as they "cannot go from 0 to 100." As it stands, support is guaranteed until June 2021.
Speaking to Resident Advisor, a representative from Friedrichshain club ://about blank agreed that everyone in the scene still has to be "very patient" and that "2021 does not really promise to be any better than the past 2020."
The statement continued: "What we know and appreciate as a club culture depends on intensity, closeness, contact, intoxicating nights, sharing and exchange. As long as there is a risk of exponential infection and people die from Covid-19 every day, a return to the dance floor is not to be expected. The corona crisis intensifies capitalist injustices and worsens the social division, so that the economic conditions for carefree clubbing also deteriorate significantly. To what extent the Berlin party situation as we enjoyed before corona can be restored at all is not foreseeable."
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