We’re trying to stay relatively optimistic here at Berlin In Your Pocket, as positivity and a focus on the light is the only way to navigate the uncertainty and chaos that is the coronavirus world. Well, that and being aware of the rules, of course.
What are the rules? They are always open to change, but Berlin remains under tight restrictions as the country navigates its second wave. Or is this the third wave? Difficult to keep track, truth be told. Anyway, what are those rules? Most importantly, we should be keeping our meetings to a minimum. Avoid private parties and only meet with one other household. All meetings should involve a maximum of 10 people, although ideally that should be less.
Cafes, restaurants, bars, gyms and other services remain closed for the time being, although patrons are still able to take food and drink away from those establishments that offer such services. Public transport is working, but doors will open automatically and don’t even think about entering without a mask or suitable face-covering. With that in mind, keep your mask with you at all times. Museums and galleries are also closed, although an increasing number are offering online exhibitions and events.
These rules are scheduled to be relaxed on January 10 but that depends on a whole heap of things. It is pretty naive to assume that normal life will resume sooner rather than later, and Berliners must prepare themselves for the worst.
To explain the transmission of the aerosols in various scenarios, from private gatherings over classrooms to restaurants and public places, this interactive tool from the German newspaper "Zeit Online" is the best we found.
Click here and hit "Einverstanden" to allow ads and entry to the site.
Anyway, this is getting a little too heavy, so lets take a look at some ways to enjoy and experience Berlin, in a roundabout sort of way.