Berlin Culture Senator Warns of Extended Opera Houses Closure Due To COVID-19

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Jan Windszus Photography)

Berlin’s Senator for Culture and Europe Dr. Klaus Lederer has stated in an interview for that Berlin’s cultural institutions will remain closed at least until mid-January 2021.

“I think that we will need even more time,” added Dr. Lederer.

Berlin’s Senator came to this conclusion after extensive talks with General Managers and Representatives of the numerous cultural institutions in the city. Per Lederer’s words, it is not yet possible to say when the cultural institutions will be able to reopen, and the decision will depend on multiple factors.

Germany has extended the partial lockdown until December 20, 2020 for now. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Ministers of German federal states will again convene mid-December to make a decision about January 2021. However, some opera houses, including the Staatsoper Stuttgart, have already canceled all performances in January 2021.

Germany is undergoing a second wave of COVID-19, with daily infections surpassing 20,000 new cases.