11 Berlin clubs and promoters start legal action against dancing ban

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  • The group includes Club OST, KitKatClub and legendary DJ Paul van Dyk.
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  • In Berlin, a group of clubs and promoters are taking legal action over the city's latest dancing ban, RBB24 reports. The 11-strong group, which includes Club OST, Insomnia, Matrix, Aseven, KitKatClub, Revolver Party, Soda Club, Der Weiße Hase and trance legend Paul Van Dyk, submitted the appeal to Berlin's administrative court last Thursday, December 16th, with support from lawyer Niko Härting. "Out of the clubs, into the private parties," said Härting in a statement on his website. "The dance ban is unsuitable for infection control." Härting and the group want the ban to be lifted by December 30th at the latest. "Organizers have invested heavily in the preparation of New Year's Eve parties and sold thousands of tickets," reads the statement. "There is a risk of failures in the millions. The Berlin club scene, which was already badly shaken by Covid-19, fears about its future." Berlin's Clubcommission isn't part of the group, but it has come out separately against the ban, proposing mandatory PCR tests as an alternative. "We have carried out pilot projects with the [hospital] Charité for this purpose," Lutz Leichsenring told RBB24. "They were successful." The group also believes PCR testing is a viable solution. "The pilot project scientifically proved that there are no significant risks of infection in clubs if testing is carried out consistently," reads the statement. The latest dancing ban was introduced on December 8th, forcing most clubs to close. Some, though, have stayed open, hosting seated concerts and even open-air events. Earlier this year, Berlin's administrative court overturned a dancing ban, permitting vaccinated and recovered people to attend events. Photo: Ana KhutsishvilI