The Deutsche Oper Berlin has canceled all performances until Jan. 2, 2021.
The company announced the cancelations due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and in order to stop the spread. Ticket holders will be able to get a credit or a full refund on tickets purchased.
The news also comes as Germany has hit 1 million confirmed cases with Chancellor Angela Merkel stating, “We’re in for a tough winter, but it will come to an end.”
Merkel noted that the country will ease social distancing measures over Christmas so that the number of people allowed to gather will rise from five to 10, but will likely extend restrictions into January.
The current lockdown is set to expire on Dec. 20, allowing opera houses to reopen. However, a number of houses have canceled programs well into January.