By Nina Gambin
Published on 17 Dec 20 at 19:33
The sky is grey and the folks of Strasbourg don’t jostle in public transport in the route of Kehl (Germany), this Thursday, December 17, 2020 on the finish of the morning, the day after the institution of partial confinement.
Indeed, to face a really worrying well being scenario, the nation has determined to shut all so-called “non-essential” companies and colleges till no less than January 10, 2021, to curb the unfold of the virus.
Dm, Edekae and tobacco are open on the City Center in Kehl
But for the second, the borders should not impacted, in specific on the aspect of the neighboring Land of Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin), the Baden-Württemberg, but in addition these of Saarland and of Rhineland-Palatinate for the remainder of the Grand Est. So it’s doable for cross-border commuters to go to Germany to do their shopping regardless of the measures applied throughout the Rhine.
The solely draw back: the Land of Baden-Württemberg went below confinement during the day from 5 a.m. to eight p.m. and below curfew from 8 p.m. to five a.m. So, if you wish to store, you could have till 8 p.m. to take action.
In the City Center shopping mall, positioned not removed from the tram station Kehl Bahnhof, the tobacco, the German channel of drugstores Dm and the Edeka grocery store are open.
The bakery and the baby pizzeria are additionally. The solely distinction: it’s unattainable to cool down the time to eat and even drink a espresso. Indeed, the catering areas are condemned.
Nothing just like the supermarkets: “All the shelves remain open we will not condemn anything even if the layette at the back of the store is not considered essential,” says a saleswoman from Dm.
Kerli, a buyer, shopped with out realizing that cabinets may not be accessible. “I have lived in Strasbourg for two months so I am really happy that the borders are not closed”, explains the younger lady supporting “completely” the choice of the Chancellor to determine confinement.
“I am happy to be able to do my shopping in Kehl”
Ursula, a German buyer of City Center of Kehl, can be of the identical opinion. “Fortunately, food stores remain accessible, it is really necessary and for containment we could not do otherwise in view of the situation,” she emphasizes earlier than resuming her purchases.
A bit additional, a Strasbourg lady named Claire is ready for her tram to return to France. They should not quite a few on the jetty. This 50-year-old common says she is “happy” to see her ordinary shops open. This Thursday, she got here to appreciate for herself “what would be closed or not”.
What is going on with the Covid is severe and unhappy, so I perceive that Germany needs to reconfine itself too, however I’m completely satisfied to have the ability to do my shopping in Kehl anyway.
The city of Kehl virtually empty this Thursday
Ultimately, if the clothes and inside ornament retailers, bookstores or food shops are closed, tobacconists are lovely and effectively open. But not like the primary wave, the strains should not infinite. Quite the opposite.
The entire city of Kehl is quiet and virtually empty, particularly cross-border commuters who could also be ready this weekend and the final Sunday in Advent to reap the benefits of free transport.