This Theater In Berlin Is Showing The World How The Show Will Go On

A Berlin-based theater group has made some major changes to its venue in order to ensure social distancing. As whole countries reopen, many public places like bars, restaurants, museums, tourist attractions, and theaters are trying to figure out ways to safely welcome visitors without causing another surge of coronavirus cases in their communities. The Berliner Ensemble theater group has removed 500 of its 700 seats in order to make sure their venue is compliant with Germany’s social distancing guidelines, which state that people should stay five feet apart. The group posted a photo on Twitter of its new, temporary venue configuration in the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm building. The new configuration includes alternated single and two-person pairs, placed one or two spaces apart, with every other row completely removed. The theater intends to open again in September. In addition, the theater will implement contactless ordering and mandatory use of masks until visitors reach their seats. Performances, of course, will be just as enjoyable as before, even with the new arrangement. While this new seating arrangement is temporary, it may be a glimpse into how other theaters might proceed to reopen across the globe.