German police decided to deploy 2,900 police officers in the capital Berlin, on New Year’s Eve, to prevent fireworks, to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
Berlin police issued a statement saying, “Up to 2,900 police are deployed in the capital on New Year’s Eve to impose a ban on fireworks.”
Last week, the Berlin municipality announced a list of 56 places banning the use of fireworks, including squares and popular tourist areas such as the Brandenburg Gate. It imposed a strict ban on the sale of fireworks in the city.
In addition to the police, firefighting teams are preparing to deploy intensively on New Year’s Eve in anticipation of an accident resulting from the launch of fireworks in violation of the municipality’s decision.
According to Der Spiegel, firefighting teams are deploying 850 essential personnel and 520 volunteers to Berlin on New Year’s Eve, in addition to 120 personnel from the German army’s emergency service.
In turn, Police Director Barbara Selwick said in a press statement, “We are ready for the beginning of the year, and we will respond with flexibility and wisdom to the surprises that cannot be excluded this night.”
Berlin State Interior Minister Andreas Geisel stated that “the primary goal of all measures on New Year’s Eve is to reduce the risk of infection with the Coronavirus, and I appeal to citizens: Protect yourself and protect your family on New Year’s Eve.”
And he continued, addressing the Germans: “If you were wondering what you can do at the end of the year, stay in your home and say hello in 2021.”
Observers considered the security measures taken by the German capital authorities to make Berlin a “military barrack” to prevent fireworks in an attempt to curb the rapid spread of the virus.
And recently, Berlin announced the cancellation of the New Year’s party, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators annually, in front of the famous Brandenburg Gate, due to the Corona pandemic.
And the Germans used to launch fireworks at an exaggerated intensity and march in large rallies on New Year’s Eve, which turns the city into an arena for these fireworks and fills it with the scent of gunpowder.