A morning work commute through Berlin on the tram: A few weeks ago it was empty, now most people wear masks but there is no distancing — seems about 60% full. The walk to DW: Lots of bikes, many pedestrians, many masks. In the office: More regimented, orderly — plexiglass, disinfectant, masks, distancing. Most colleagues are still working from home. A couple of weeks ago, professional soccer teams started playing in empty stadiums, most children still can’t go to school, but mass demonstrations are allowed. Those who don’t abide by coronavirus safety measures in public face a lot of vocal criticism — as they should. Merkel self-isolating in the chancellery again In contrast, those who have taken to the streets to protest racial violence here and in the US, as seen last week when 15,000 took to Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, have been earning praise. A statement delivered by Germany’s government spokesman Monday sounded almost helpless in light of the impossible situation. Although he welcomed the fact that people were taking a stand against racism, he added: ”It has to be possible to wear face masks and maintain at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) distance to others.” Doesn’t really look that way. It has been truly… Read full this story
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