In pubs and bars in Berlin, the police and the public order office should increasingly check whether the coronavirus measures are being followed. One must think about a ban on alcohol "if the discipline in the restaurants does not improve," said Berlin's health senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) of the Berliner Morgenpost . On Saturday evening, officials in Neukölln had tables and chairs that were too narrow on the sidewalk removed.
"In the restaurants there are often a lot of people coming together, if a lot of alcohol is then drunk, then it becomes difficult," said Kalayci. The distance and hygiene rules are often not observed, and the documentation requirement is neglected. "But that doesn't work at all. The contact details have to be obtained from the restaurateurs and of course also correctly given by the guests."
"Absolutely no understanding" for negligent hosts
Fines would also have to be consistently imposed. In her opinion, too little use has been made of this so far, said Kalayci. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) is already in the process of strengthening the public order offices with the districts. If contacts are not traced and chains of infection are not broken, this could "become a big problem" in Berlin.
Kalayci have "absolutely no understanding" for "careless" hosts. "If you want the restaurants and beer gardens to be allowed to remain open, then you have to adhere to the distance rules and documentation requirements." In addition, "the consumption of alcohol ensures that people become more careless, loud and hardly keep their distance".
The Bremen Senate had already banned alcohol from being sold at night due to persistent violations of the measures. After the riots in Stuttgart and Frankfurt on May, according to a survey by the ZDF Politbarometer, the majority of Germans were in favor of a ban on alcohol in public places.