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Massive 'fetish party' broken up by German police for breaking COVID-19 restrictions

National Post logo National Post 2020-10-27 Coby Zucker
a group of people walking down the street: The party at the Alte Müntz was broken up by police shortly before 9 p.m. PHOTO BY @PolizeiBerlin_E/TWITTER. © Provided by National Post The party at the Alte Müntz was broken up by police shortly before 9 p.m. PHOTO BY @PolizeiBerlin_E/TWITTER.

German police have tweeted that a 600-person “fetish party” that they broke up probably ended “unsatisfactorily” for the attendees, after cops said it was “time to go home.”

Alte Münze, a converted performance venue and club, hosted the party as an open-air event in the Mitte district, a borough of Berlin. Attendees purchased tickets in advance for the gig, which   allowed for a maximum of 250 people.

Police, though, shut the party down, saying that it had reached 600 attendees, many of whom were — ironically enough — not wearing masks or following COVID-19 distancing precautions.

Alte Münze posted a statement on its site condemning the police response, arguing that the party had stayed well below the 5,000 person government-mandated maximum for outdoor events.

“It was always our top priority while planning to be compliant with the current guidelines to contain the coronavirus,” the statement read.

The statement also criticized the language in the tweet from the Berlin police, saying:

“The event served as a meeting point for the community. We find it reprehensible to declare this a ‘fetish party.”

Germany is currently caught in the midst of a rising second wave of COVID-19. On Sunday, the country registered more than 10,000 new cases for the fourth day in a row, bringing the total to 430,000 cases since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin include an 11 p.m. curfew on pubs and restaurants and a limit of 10 people for gatherings in public areas.

“We must call especially on young people to do without a few parties now in order to have a good life tomorrow or the day after,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a statement on Oct. 14.

The popular Germany Christmas markets — as many as 2500 across the country — are also being shut down in anticipation of the spread of COVID-19. Frankfurt became the latest city to announce the cancellation of its market. The city joins Berlin, which already announced the cancellation of its famous Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

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