The scientific institute, which has permitted reduced distances within orchestras, is appalled at media reports that it forsees concerts taking places with full halls.
The scientists say this is a total misrepresentation of their studies.
The Berlin Charité management has distanced itself from a recommendation by two of its institutes, according to which a operations with full audience in concert halls and opera houses is declared feasible.
The Charité Board of Directors stated on Twitter that the paper on the resumption of opera and concert operations under corona conditions had not been agreed internally and did not reflect the position of the board. The draft does not take into account the current dynamics of the infection process and the associated risks. The paper should therefore not be regarded as a proposal for action, but as the basis for further critical discussion within the framework of the Berlin test strategy.
Obligation to wear masks throughout, ventilation and no catering
The recommendations of the Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology and for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine state that full public access is possible if, for example, masks are worn the whole time. In foyers, at the box office, cloakrooms and in sanitary areas, the rules of social distancing should be observed, the recommendations state. The direction of audience flow should be ensured by routing specific paths. At classical music events, no conversations are held during the concerts anyway, and flows of movement and crowds are generally easy to control. In case of symptoms of a possible infection, prospective audience members should refrain from visiting. Contact details should also be provided. Admission and ticket controls should be contactless. Adequate ventilation must be ensured, and the sale of food and beverages must be avoided.
Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer is surprised
In an interview with the rbb Abendschau, Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer was also surprised by the statement: “None of the experts has ever argued that full concert halls with a few hygiene measures are unproblematic. In this respect, we are surprised by this recommendation from the Charité, which we learned about through press inquiries. We are particularly surprised that their co-authors include experts with whom we have already worked,” said Lederer.
German Music Council: Too good to be true
Christian Höppner, Secretary General of the German Music Council, announced on the Council’s website the paper by the Charité Institutes: The report about a voice of hope was at the same time very surprising. The statement on the public operation seems “too good to be true – and, when viewed rationally, raises a number of questions,” it continues.