Face masks and fewer venues and events will greet Reeperbahn Festival-goers in Hamburg later this summer. Organizers of the annual event — being held Sept. 16-19 — announced significant changes as it attempts to adhere to government guidance while still pulling off a safe and secure in-person gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We consider it important to attempt this go-ahead," remarked festival CEO Alexander Schulz, "as it will serve as an illustrative and practical example of how to possibly address some of the fundamental questions with which the cultural industry… are currently confronted [with] and will probably continue to be confronted with for a long time to come."
Organizers said that instead of hosting between 8-15,000 visitors per day as in previous years, this year's daily cap will be 4,200 people, including up to 1,600 industry visitors. The usual figure of nearly 90 venues will be reduced to around 30 clubs, theatres and open-air venues. And instead of up to five concerts per evening at each location, an average of about three will take place, as venues are expected to be completely cleared, ventilated and disinfected after each concert before the audience to the subsequent show can be admitted.