Kink Group’s Outdoor Event Shut Down by Police Over COVID-19 Restrictions
Police in Berlin announced on Twitter that they shut down a 600-person “fetish party” on Saturday, October 25, 2020, for what they said were COVID-19 restriction violations. The outdoor gathering was broken up by two police forces.
Though police didn’t name the group who organized the party in their tweet, Alte Munze, a club located in Berlin took to Facebook and their website on Saturday to respond. They posted an announcement that their “open-air event took place in a courtyard…in compliance with current hygiene regulations of the State of Berlin.”
The club also objected to their gathering being labeled a “fetish party,” calling it a “meeting point for the community” instead. Their notice also explained they had a mask policy in place for the gathering and attendance of fewer than the 5,000-person maximum capacity allowed for outdoor events in Berlin. They concluded their statement, however, with an announcement that no more open-air events would be planned for the time being.
The Berlin police did not respond to the announcement or offer any further clarification on why this outdoor gathering was shut down.