Berlin’s native authorities had gladly provided the roughly 40,000 euros to cowl the prices of all of the P.C.R. checks for this experiment, stated Klaus Lederer, a politician with the left-wing Die Linke celebration and Berlin’s present state minister for tradition, as a result of “club culture is a part of Berlin culture.”
Speaking with reporters crammed into a doorway outdoors the Metropol nightclub to shelter from a downpour on the pilot challenge’s first night time, Mr. Lederer additionally famous that preserving shuttered golf equipment afloat was costing taxpayers a hefty sum.
Dr. Frank Heppner, a professor and researcher at Charité who was with Mr. Lederer, stated that P.C.R. checks have been needed for the research as a result of speedy antigen checks are “leaky and not ideal.”
“You have to use the best, most sensitive tool to filter out potential positives,” he stated.
The pilot challenge mirrored different latest experiments in Germany, together with testing protocols at Berlin classical live performance venues this previous spring and an digital music pageant outdoors the town over the summer season.
“We know after a very long period of time of lockdown that we have severe collateral effects on the society that you have to also bring in. You cannot just focus on the virus and the direct consequences,” Dr. Heppner stated. “The indirect consequences on a social, on a psychological and an economic level are also things you have to weigh.”
For the time being, the membership research has been swept apart by the membership reopenings. But Lutz Leichsenring, the spokesman for the Club Commission, stated the P.C.R. testing technique stays a potential choice instead of new shutdowns or tighter restrictions if infections spike this fall. Berlin’s golf equipment had lined up lab companions, in August, to supply membership particular 15 euro P.C.R. checks — a substantial sum in a metropolis the place door charges not often high 20 euros, however with outcomes assured inside 4 hours.
Another lockdown can be a “worst-case scenario that would kill a lot of jobs,” Mr. Leichsenring stated. But the research of quick-turnaround P.C.R. checks might result in options “so we can at least make sure that people who go to clubs are safe,” he stated.
Alex Marshall contributed reporting.