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Corona pandemic: shopping with 2G - "I actually find it more relaxed"


Shortly before Christmas, retailers have to implement 2G rules in many places. In many shops only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are allowed. How do the customers like that? And is it properly checked? A report from Hamburg.

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The second Advent weekend in downtown Hamburg.

Enter all shops and shop for Christmas presents to your heart's content - only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered can do that here.

2G certificates are therefore checked everywhere.

How do the customers feel about it?


“There should be a few more friends with me today.

They weren't allowed to come because they weren't vaccinated.

That's why they're not coming in anywhere now.

That's a bit of a shame. "

"That is supposed to be like that.

I think we whine at a pretty high level.

So show me a vaccination card so I can buy something.

I have the money to buy something - or I'll leave it. "

“There are enough people who haven't been vaccinated.

Well, that should be avoided.

Otherwise you have to do what you can. "

“Everyone in my country wants to be vaccinated.

It's very strange that so many people here don't want that. "

“I don't feel well anymore, I have to admit.

So I'll be happy if I get out of here and come back home. "

Shops with daily needs such as supermarkets, drug stores and pharmacies are exempt from the 2G rule.

In Hamburg also all young people under 16 years of age.

The federal and state governments jointly decided on stricter corona rules on Thursday.

In many federal states, 2G is already in place on weekends in retail.

Other countries will follow suit on Monday.

Here in the Europa Passage on Jungfernstieg, compliance with the 2G rule is checked when entering the entire building.

Jörg Harengerd, Center Manager at Europa Passage:

“There is one of two stations behind me.

We distribute ribbons after accreditation.

That shows: I have been vaccinated or recovered - checked with an identity card. "


“I actually find it more relaxed because you know that they have recovered or have been vaccinated.

The risk is not that high.

The only thing that annoys me is that you have to show everything everywhere. "

“I think that's really great.

I have to say quite honestly.

My wife and I run a grocery store ourselves.

So to the extent that we've been dealing with all of these G-rules for months. "

The run-up to Christmas is actually shopping time.

The restrictions in stores come at an inopportune time for trading.

The German trade association is therefore demanding additional bridging aid from the federal government.

A walk through downtown Hamburg shows that retailers and customers are obviously adjusting to the new rules.

But for many people they are not always comprehensible.

Jörg Harengerd, Center Manager at Europa Passage:

“With this 2G regulation, trade was once again held hostage to politics.

Because trade is not a driver of infection.

And when you buy shoes, you have fewer contacts than when you are downstairs in the supermarket shopping for groceries. "


“The world really isn't that kind of thing now.

I've been annoyed by this back and forth what politics is doing now for almost two years. "

“Right now, politics makes me feel like I'm not taking my car to the garage for repairs, but to McDonalds.

Yes, that actually says it all. "

Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2021-12-04

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