North Rhine-Westphalia: Söder criticizes the organizer: catastrophic signal effect – Bavaria

Nuremberg (dpa / lby) – According to Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), planned big concerts like the one with Bryan Adams and Sarah Connor in Düsseldorf are having a “catastrophic signal effect” in the fight against Corona. “I want to stress that I think it is absolutely unjustifiable to allow concerts with 13,000 people. Please, sincerely, think again. This is a catastrophic signal for the whole country,” Söder said Monday in Nuremberg.

“We are already having difficulties at this time and need to reconsider how we can find ways to guide and orient certain large gatherings of people in a sensible way, especially when it comes to alcohol,” the Prime Minister said. “Then we can’t allow concerts with 13,000 people at the same time, it sends a signal to the country that thwarts the whole philosophy.”

Söder did not specifically name the event. A concert in front of 13,000 spectators is scheduled for September 4 in Düsseldorf. Pop star Connor had shown his understanding of the concerns over the weekend, but defended the planned event. The concert is not a question of “party”, but of work, declared the musician. “I also have many friends and colleagues whose livelihoods are now at risk.” She was “curious to see if and how this will turn out. But if so, I will be there. I cannot answer my people for anything else.”

Concert organizer Marek Lieberberg (“Rock am Ring”) wants Connor, Adams, Rea Garvey, Joris and Michael Mittermeier to perform at the “Merkur Spiel-Arena” football stadium in Düsseldorf. The city approved the event. North Rhine-Westphalia Minister of Health Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) sharply criticized the plans and raised legal doubts.

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