After WHO declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic, Germany initiated a partial lockdown in hopes to curb the spread of the virus. As part of the measures, the German government announced a ban on events and mass public gatherings up until August 31. Since then some of the restrictions have been loosened to help restore normal activity. This guide highlights some of the restrictions and resumptions of events in Germany.
Cancelled Cultural Events in Germany
Summer in Germany is expected to be different from other years. The cancellation of events and implication of travel bans is a significant shift to the holiday season as we know it. After the escalation of new coronavirus cases in Germany and Europe, Chancellor Merkel announced restrictions on mass gatherings. This includes a ban on all festivals, concerts, trade fairs and sporting events. As Germany’s success rate in handling the virus improves, so does the easing of restrictions. The next few weeks are a crucial time on whether restrictions will be eased further.
Bundesliga and Other Football Events in Germany
Bundesliga is Germany’s largest football league. As of May, the government announced that Bundesliga football games were to resume on May 15. This is a big move for the sporting industry as several leagues across the globe had been cancelled. Earlier, in the initial phases of the pandemic, players were tasked with having to play games behind closed doors with no spectators. This move paves the way for other football leagues to resume with training. Initially, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that a decision was made together with the 16 leaders of states, for football games to continue in August.
Oktoberfest and Other Future Events
Oktoberfest is one of the largest festivals for beer-lovers in Germany. People from across their globe make their way to Munich to sample a variety of local beers. As it stands, no decision has been finalised on whether the event will take place this year. Even with the government announcing the resumption of events in August, there are still concerns about a possible resurgence. Bavarian state premier Markus Söder added that it was unlikely that an event of this magnitude would take place given the current circumstances. The event anticipates more than six million visitors each year.
Depending on the state of new infections, mass gatherings and other events may take place after August. This will also depend on new government regulations and the number of expected attendees. Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for the virus, and the only thing people can do is to keep with social distancing to prevent contagion.
Navigating Refunds for Paid Events
According to consumer advocates, anyone who had already booked and paid for an event is entitled to a refund. This is the case for all events cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Contact your event organiser to request a refund, alternatively, keep a lookout for rescheduled dates as some of the events may have been postponed.
For the latest update on event restrictions in Spain also read: Coronavirus Leaves a Big Hole in Spain’s Events Industry.