Monday, April 20, in Germany, the crowds in shops began when they opened. After four weeks of closure linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, downtowns are coming back to life. Bookstores, libraries, clothing stores can reopen, as in Hamburg. The only constraint set by the store: no more than three customers inside. “Things resume, it’s a little more freedom, it’s good”says a client.
How to respect the safety distances in sometimes cramped shops? The boss says she found the solution. “If the customer wants to try something, you have to give them the clothes, I put them on the clothes rail and I push them into the cabin”, she explains. Initially, only businesses of less than 800 square meters are allowed to reopen, so some, like a furniture store, have blocked access to several spaces to stay within the limit.