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Germany extends large events ban until November

The restrictions were due to be lifted on August 31st

Germany has extended its large events ban until at least October.

Following the global COVID-19 outbreak, the German chancellor Angela Merkel announced restrictions on large-scale events, which includes festivals and fairs, would be in place until Summer.

Now, after a meeting with leaders from the country's states last week, Merkel and the German government have announced the ban will be extended until October 31st — two months longer than the initially agreed August date.

Earlier this month, the German government announced they had committed €150 million to the country's live music industry as part of broader plans to kickstart the economy. The new scheme from the German government entitled Neustart Kultur, which translates to restart culture, will see the funds injected into the country's live music and events industry, and comes as part of the government's plans broader €1 billion plan to rebuild cultural and entertainment businesses.

Last month, a small number of clubs in Berlin began reopening with strict social distancing measures as Germany’s coronavirus lockdown was relaxed.

In March, an emergency coronavirus fund for musicians worth up to €40million was launched in Germany.