Berlin nightlife given first curfew in 70 years as Covid cases surge

German capital tells bars to shut at 11pm, while fellow role model Belgium also tightens rules

Berlin’s nightlife is facing a closing time for the first time in 70 years as the party-loving German capital seeks to contain spiralling coronavirus infection rates.

From Saturday, bars, restaurants and off-licences will have to close their doors between 11pm and 6am as a large second wave of Covid-19 cases in the city threatens to taint Germany’s image as a pandemic role model.

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