The Coronavirus and the Death of Nightlife If That's the Future, then Good Night!

Techno raves, bars and spontaneous parties in parks have all been bashed as hotspots for infections during the coronavirus crisis. Is the disease also fueling internal prejudices about the night?
DER SPIEGEL 42/2020
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"The night is chaos, the scene of dreams."

Wolfgang Schivelbusch, author

Police patrolling for drunks on Grosse Freiheit, a street in Hamburg's notorious St. Pauli red-light district.

Police patrolling for drunks on Grosse Freiheit, a street in Hamburg's notorious St. Pauli red-light district.

Foto: Philipp Schmidt / DER SPIEGEL
Hamburg's Katze bar was the site of a recent coronavirus outbreak.

Hamburg's Katze bar was the site of a recent coronavirus outbreak.

Foto: Markus Scholz / dpa
Dancers at the Dollhouse

Dancers at the Dollhouse

Foto: Philipp Schmidt / DER SPIEGEL
Dimitri Hegemann at the Kraftwerk in Berlin

Dimitri Hegemann at the Kraftwerk in Berlin

Foto: René Lohse / DER SPIEGEL
A screenshot from the virtual dance space at HAW Hamburg with three avatars

A screenshot from the virtual dance space at HAW Hamburg with three avatars

Foto: HAW Hamburg
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