Never not nice: sunset in Oderberger Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg.
May in Berlin was a bit difficult, to say the least. The Corona situation still had a big impact on daily life – and the weather was very April-like. At least there were a few nice days – but outdoor meetings were rather difficult as it was raining, storming, or just too cold quite often. Let’s hope that June will be better – both concerning the weather and the corona situation.
In the past days and weeks, the 7-day incidence in Berlin has steadily decreased. With a stable value of under 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, further easing will certainly be possible in June.
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Sunset in Oderberger Strasse in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – view towards Mauerpark.
Almost full moon – but not quite yet. The houses on the corner of Kastanienallee / Zionskirchstrasse look yellow-ish, lit by the typical East Berlin yellow-ish street lamps. The tram cables cut the sky into polygons. Some clouds passing by, glowing, lit by the moon. A nice and quiet evening in the part of Mitte that feels like Prenzlauer Berg.
As of today over 1.000 Berliners have lost their lives with or because of the coronavirus. 42 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours alone.
Again over 1.500 new cases were reported in a 24h time frame. That means that currently more than 200 per 100.000 Berliners catch the virus over a time period of 7 days.
Currently all shops, except for grocery stores, book stores, pharmacies and other stores selling things of daily need, are closed. As are all bars, clubs, theaters, cinemas and restaurants. The only exception is take away food and food delivery. And of course you can order things from some stores either online or by email or telephone.
People are asked to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This means that you’re basically only allowed to leave your home for a good reason like going grocery shopping, visiting a doctor or doing sports. Yes, going for a walk is considered sports.
Drinking alcohol outside is currently prohibited – and meeting somebody outside or at somebody’s home is quite restricted. Meeting people is not considered a good reason that would justify leaving your home. And also a maximum of 5 people from a maximum of two different households may meet – but of course it is not recommended to meet anybody at all.
Stay safe. Stay home. Stay Berlin.
Happy Holidays anyways.
- Hard lockdown: The updated rules (Exberliner)
- What exactly are Germany’s Christmas celebration rules? (The Local )
- Diese Corona-Regeln gelten in der Hauptstadt (Tagesspiegel, German)
- Current case numbers for Berlin and Brandenburg, data, graphs, info (RBB, German)
The view from Lindenstrasse near the crossing Lindenstrasse / Oranienstrasse / Kochstrasse in Kreuzberg towards the TV-Tower / Alexanderplatz on a sunny day in mid-sptember.