FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The owner of a restaurant in Frankfurt staged a protest against Germany’s coronavirus lockdown by filling his desk with a hundred stuffed panda toys in a play on the word “pandemic”.
German officials are expected Wednesday to agree to extend to December 20 the “light lock” they imposed on November 2 which means bars, restaurants and entertainment venues must remain closed, while shops and schools remain open.
“We want to revive our restaurant,” said Guiseppe Fichera, manager of Pino’s restaurant. They are Panda-Mic pandas.
The pandas were seated at restaurant tables and propped up against the bar, some with bottles of Corona beer.
“This is a silent protest. An offer to our guest, ”said Fichera, adding that she would keep the lights on all day and night during the lockdown so passers-by could enjoy the display.
The German government has said it will provide financial assistance to companies hit by the restrictions, which, according to sources, could add up to 20 billion euros ($ 23.81 billion) in December, in addition to an estimated 10-15 billion in November.
Reporting by Andreas Buerger; Written by Emma Thomasson,; Edited by Alexandra Hudson
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