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Sunny spring weather in the capital: Berliners mostly stick to the rules on Sunday – Berlin

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In the middle of the blue ceiling there is a large bottle of mineral water next to two torn biscuit packages. Leonie Lass, Paula Gutge and Joelle Heinke settled on the edges, all in their early 20s, all completely relaxed.

They are almost a centimeter apart, far too narrow actually, the minimum distance should be 1.50 meters. But the three form a flat share and thus a common household, they can sit so tight. “We otherwise followed the regulations very well,” says Paula Gutge, “we have been almost only at home in the past few weeks”.

Here in the Park am Gleisdreieck almost all visitors adhere to the regulations, the distances between the different groups lying or sitting on the grass are usually five meters, as large as prescribed.

The sun is burning in the sky, the air has almost summer temperatures, and then another Sunday. A crucial mixture. This day is the first major indicator of how much the population takes the protective measures to combat the coronavirus.

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People accept it well, the atmosphere at the Gleisdreieck symbolizes the whole situation in Berlin that day. “The parks are full, but there are no special occurrences,” said a police spokeswoman on Sunday afternoon. 600 officers are on duty, loudspeaker cars roll slowly through the large parks, police officers probe the situation with a helicopter, and even two horses trot through the Grunewald forest.

The spokeswoman did not yet have current figures on criminal complaints and administrative offenses. On Saturday, the police issued 23 criminal charges and 87 criminal offenses.

In the Park am Gleisdreieck, a young woman maltreats a fictional opponent with left hooks and right lines, shadow boxes as a small show. The closest people are eight meters away. People also sit at a sufficient distance on the long wall steps next to the lawn.

And on her blanket, Leonie Lass enumerated the benefits that exit restrictions can have. “You can do more sport now than usual, you have a lot of contact with the family. And if the exit restrictions continue for two months, that’s the way it is. “

On the Tempelhofer Feld, everything is also relaxed on Sunday. Keeping distance is the easiest exercise here. There are also several park surveillance teams, men with bicycles, in whose saddlebags even bandages are stored.

“We cycle 60 kilometers a day and walk many kilometers on foot,” says one of the inspectors. But this Sunday doesn’t go without any problems either. “We had two incidents this morning,” says the controller. What happened? “I’m not allowed to say that.”

And the police are still there, just in case. Often, mere presence is enough to create order. At a mobile café stand, ten people formed a queue in pairs on Sunday afternoon, with enough space between the different groups of two.

However, a couple is very close, too close. Not for long, however. Suddenly a police car stops in front of the waiting people. Two officers peer sternly through the windshield at the couple. This is two meters apart in a matter of seconds.

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