Germany Covid-19: Berlin police investigate SoHo House on suspected party amid lockdown

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Police said they were investigating the event after assessing photos and video of the event which were shared on social media. The posts now appear to have been deleted and CNN has not viewed them.

The spokesperson said police received a noise complaint about the SoHo house at 2:45 a.m. local time on Saturday, April 10. Police responded by calling the private members’ club. The call was answered by a receptionist, who then silenced the noise, the spokesperson said.

At that time, police were unaware of a party at SoHo House, and as a result, no officers were sent to the site, the spokesperson said, adding that no further complaints were made. had not been received.

In response to the investigation, SoHo House said the safety of its staff, guests and the community at large is its “top priority”.

The company said it recently received a business reservation that occupied all rooms in the Berlin hotel and the reservation was made in accordance with government guidelines.
“We are aware of a possible breach of social distancing rules when guests return to the hotel, we take this very seriously and we are working with everyone involved to find out what happened”, a- he said in a statement sent to CNN.

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According to the Berlin municipal government website, the rules currently in force in the city allow a maximum of 20 people – masked and while maintaining social distancing – to attend public indoor events. Any event with more than five people also requires participants to present a negative coronavirus test.

Private events are limited to people from two households.

Germany is currently struggling to contain a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

It reported 10,810 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to data from the country’s center for disease control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

On Saturday, the same day as the alleged party, the director of the German Intensive Care Association tweeted that the country’s intensive care units had reached their maximum capacity.

CNN’s Samantha Beech, Rob Picheta and Inke Kappeler contributed reporting.

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