Dance events on Sundays and public holidays - exemption

Sundays and state-recognised holidays are days of general rest, which must not be disturbed. If you want to do a dance event on a Sunday or a public holiday, you often need an exemption. For dance events, there are various prohibitions in the holiday laws of the countries, which may differ in terms of content: there are restrictions on the time of local services, but also on those that affect certain Sundays and public holidays (such as Good Friday) as a whole. In addition, individual working days (such as Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday) are also affected by the ban. In order to be able to hold dance events, an exemption is required in such cases. According to Section 6 (2) no. 1 of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Holiday Act, public dance events on Good Friday from 0:00 to 18:00 on Good Sunday, from 5:00 a.m. to midnight on Volkstrauertag and Dead Sunday, and from 13:00 to 24:00 on 24 December (Holy Evening) are prohibited. Pursuant to Section 5 (1) no. 2 of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Holiday Act, all public events serving entertainment, with the exception of 1 May and 3 October, are prohibited during the main hours of the divine service (6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on 24 December - Holy Evening - from 1:00 p.m.) for entertainment, where there is no greater interest in art, science or popular education. Pursuant to Section 8(2) of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Holiday Act, the mayors of the district-free cities, the mayors of the large towns belonging to the district, the heads of the offices and the mayors of the municipalities free of office may, in the event of an important reason, allow exemptions from the event bans.

The required application may be made informally. It must contain a detailed justification for the need to allow an exception.

The required application may be made informally.

There must be an important reason.

Due to the high level of protection for the silent holidays Good Friday, Volkstrauertag and Totensonntag, exceptions to the ban on the event can only be allowed in exceptional atypical cases.

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Ministry of Economy, Construction and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Unit 410 Commercial Law

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