Munich may reopen in 10 days as Covid wanes

Munich may reopen in 10 days as Covid wanes


norman lebrecht

March 12, 2021

The Bavarian minister for the arts Bernd Sibler has named March 22 as the date for a cautious resumption of musical activity. The ministry of health has agreed that it will be safe to reopen theatres if the number of new Covid cases drops below 100 for 14 consecutive days.

It is presently between 50 and 100.

Halls will need to observe safe distancing and regular Covid tests.

Berlin will look on in envy.



  • Suggeritore says:

    Berlin won’t be very far behind!

  • Andreas B. says:

    “As covid wanes” – unfortunately, numbers seem to be rising in Bavaria.
    Already almost a third of the state’s districts have incidences above 100 (30 out of 96 ‘Landkreise’, after 20 last week).

    • Suggeritore says:

      There is a particular problem along the Czech border, but in Munich itself, the 7-day rate is currently 62, which is pretty good for the moment. Fingers crossed!

      • Andreas B. says:

        For the last 3 weeks there has been a steady rise in numbers even in Munich (from around 30 on Feb 23rd).

        I live roughly half way between Munich and the Czech border. We were down to 18, now more than 100.

  • MT Cicero says:

    Correction-The Berlin Philharmonic is offering its first open concert on March 20th, with 1,000 seats for the public.

  • Will Simpson says:

    On the previous day, 21 March, you can see the new Staatsoper production of Der Rosenkavalier at

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    10 days? In which universe?

    The website of Bayerische Staatsoper shows NO opera performances with audiences until April, and even then there are more cancellations (the entire Easter series of performances of “Parsifal” have been cancelled; poor Simon Keenlyside will never get to sing Amfortas – this is the third production in a year in which he was to debut the role, now all cancelled).

    Next Sunday’s livestream of “Der Rosenkavalier” (21. March) will be given in an empty auditorium.

    • Singeril says:

      Presumably, the performers need to rehearse. Rehearsals would be musical activities. That would fulfill the “10 days” issue.

  • Andreas B. says:

    Munich will not open theatres (or restaurants or cinemas or more sports) on Monday 22nd, it was announced today.

    Infection rates have been rising for weeks, mutant strains of the virus exacerbating the situation: