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Germany approves 2.5 billion euros COVID fund for culture sector – source – Metro US

Germany approves 2.5 billion euros COVID fund for culture sector – source

The Berliner Ensemble theatre opens the doors with the production
The Berliner Ensemble theatre opens the doors with the production “Panikherz” in the course of the Berlin pilot project Testing

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government on Wednesday approved a special fund worth up to 2.5 billion euros ($3.1 billion) to help the cultural sector cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a government source told Reuters.

Under the plan, from July 1 the government would pay a surcharge on tickets sold to help support events where the number of attendees is reduced due to COVID-19. The surcharge payment would apply up to a certain limit of tickets sold.

A second element would be cancellation insurance for larger events with more than 2,000 participants, the source said.

($1 = 0.8170 euros)

(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Kirsti Knolle)

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