The corona pandemic has been with us for a year now, and for almost as long, public events have been either restricted or not possible at all. An initiative of the culture and sports industry has now presented a concept to gradually make indoor and outdoor events possible again. The paper is supported by numerous sports associations and cultural institutions, including the Berliner Philharmoniker. Experts from the fields of hygiene and environmental medicine, microbiology and virology, infectiology, crowd management, sports medicine and cultural and legal sciences as well as indoor air technology and health economics have all been involved.
The concept is intended as a stimulus and basis for discussion for policy-makers to discuss intelligent and controlled ways out of the lockdown. The dangers of the pandemic will persist for the foreseeable future and must continue to be taken seriously. At the same time, increasing immunisation rates create scope for new ideas to provide greater access to culture and sport. The aim of the initiative is to make a contribution to this discussion.
Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation: “There will not be one day when everything will be as it was before, when we can open the Philharmonie and play to a full house. Rather, we are engaged in a dynamic process, and I think it is very important that the experts who have developed this guide provide a perspective on this. We already successfully tested many of the measures mentioned in the Philharmonie Berlin from August to November 2020. We want to build on this to actively engage in the return to cultural performances.”