Berlin, Germany — Berlin is set to reopen to the general public for the first time in nearly two years, but the fruit market is closed for the time being.
The reopening was announced by the city’s mayor Alexander Dobrindt, who said that the decision to reopen came from a “personal one” after Berlin’s “unprecedented” winter.
Dobrindts office said that after extensive talks, a deal had been reached with the German government that would allow the market to reopen as early as Monday, the start of the new year.
“The decision was taken to close the market temporarily for the summer, so we have some time for the city to prepare for the new start,” the mayor said.
He said that all fruit and veg vendors were allowed to sell and that there would be no restrictions on food or alcohol.
The government had also granted the city permission to create an alcohol-free zone.
The reopened market is the citys second open market since the start with a number of new businesses.
The opening ceremony of the market was held in the city hall, with Dobrndt’s office hosting a live stream of the event, which was streamed on social media.