What impact will the Covid-19 epidemic leave on night owls? The question arises in many cities, but it is particularly burning in the German capital. “Nightlife is an essential component of Berlin’s identity, and a key sector of the economy”, remind her Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Before the pandemic, nightclubs and all the activities that revolve around them brought in almost 1.5 billion euros a year.”
This summer, tourists have returned to Berlin and the clubs. And yet, the time has come “gloomy” on the side of night professionals, notes the German daily:
“It is behind the scenes that we truly measure the extent of the damage caused by the pandemic to the DNA of the German capital.”
Dark clouds are numerous on the horizon. “Like many other industries, the nightlife is grappling with rising energy prices,” remind her Suddeutsche Zeitung. And the threat weighs new health restrictions and a return of the mask from October, to prevent the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Lack of manpower and customers
“Nightclubs today encounter the same problem as airports, hotels and artisanal establishments: no one, or almost, wants to work there, continues the Munich daily. Countless bouncers, DJs, talent agents and servers have jumped ship during the pandemic. Even the Berghain [la plus célèbre boîte de nuit de la ville] had to run classified ads to complete his teams.”
Since 2021, clubs are no longer considered in Berlin as places of entertainment, but as cultural spaces, in the same way as cinemas, theaters and performance halls. A change certainly offering nightclubs better protection, but which also highlights the fact that “the clubs are plagued by the same difficulties as other places of culture: the public flees them”, add the Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“During the pandemic, many Germans have realized that it is also very good at home, guess the newspaper. And since many nightclubs have had to raise their prices due to inflation, they no longer attract partygoers. Some of them even join the Berliners who, more and more numerous, call the police to denounce the nocturnal uproar of these establishments.