The Berlin police have tightened their controls in the event of corona violations. For example, officials closed a popular market in the Kreuzberg district on Friday. “If at the weekly market on the #Maybachufer not only the fruit and vegetables but also the people hardly have any distance, you wait close to the entrance for the entrance and our loudspeaker announcements do little to help, then #kind choice remains,” the officials tweeted late Afternoon.
As early as Thursday, 450 police officers were on the road and submitted 73 reports for crimes such as illegal business or snack opening and administrative offenses such as short intervals. The day before, there were 350 police officers and 42 reports. In total, almost 3,500 violations have been punished since mid-March, the officials said.
Interior senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) warned of carelessness with regard to crowds of people, especially those who disregard the distance rules. Previously, the RBB “evening show” had shown how numerous people in Berlin-Kreuzberg sometimes enjoyed the sunset in dense groups on the Landwehr Canal near the Admiral Bridge. Geisel conceded in the program that fundamental human rights had been interfered with in order to contain the corona pandemic. The administrative courts have so far confirmed the legality of the measures taken.
Numerous members of a well-known Arab-born clan had again caused a large police operation on Thursday. After the accumulation in front of a hospital in Kreuzberg in the days before, the police had to enforce compliance with the Corona rules on the property of a villa in the Alt-Buckow district in Neukölln. After the death of an older woman on Thursday night, dozens of relatives from an extended family had gathered there.
The police took the personal details of 47 people and initiated investigations into violations of the distance rules. The police announced that they would also attend the woman’s funeral one of the next days. The police said that they understood the grief and the search for consolation among relatives. But in view of the existing infection protection laws, funerals would also have to be brought into line with the rules.
One day before another demonstration against the corona contact restrictions in Berlin, it was not yet clear on Friday which regulations and requirements people could meet on Saturday. In the “Abendschau” evening, Senator Geisel said that the police were prepared for any rallies that might be scheduled on May 1. “If someone makes a ruckus, we will enforce the Infection Protection Act.” According to the Corona Regulation in Berlin, only demonstrations with a maximum of 20 participants and a large distance between people are permitted.