Berlin beer gardens and museums reopen

Beer gardens in Berlin have reopened for the first time in about six months as the situation surrounding the coronavirus has improved.

Restaurants had been banned from operating since November, except for takeout services.

Crowds of people visited beer gardens with friends and family members after restrictions were eased on Friday.

One man said he is glad that the number of new cases has dropped and shops have reopened.

Customers are required to present a negative test result taken within 24 hours or a vaccination certificate.

Major museums and art galleries in the capital have also reopened but the number of people who can enter at one time is restricted, and they must confirm they have tested negative.

People who booked in advance visited the Pergamon Museum, a popular tourist site.

More than 10 million people, or about 13 percent of the country's population, had been vaccinated by Friday.

The daily tally of new cases that came close to 30,000 last month has frequently fallen below 10,000 recently.

An outdoor film screening is planned next month as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, which is one of the world's three most prestigious cinema events.

The government plans to cautiously ease restrictions by promoting vaccinations and carrying out tests.