Coronavirus: Hamburg’s fish market reopens after 15 months | News

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Coronavirus: Hamburg’s fish market reopens after 15 months | News


At 5 a.m. on Sunday, Hamburg’s fish market welcomed revelers and early risers for the first time in over a year.

After a 15-month hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, those returning from a night out were finally able to enjoy a Fischbrötchen (a fish sandwich or baguette) and locals were able to buy the freshest fish on offer at the famous market. from the city.

The city’s market in northern Germany is a hive of activity, despite its early morning start, and vendors have opened their shutters for the first time since March 2020, not only selling popular fish snacks, but also crafts, clothing, food and souvenirs.

COVID restrictions

The opening is a trial, however, and some restrictions are in place to help prevent further outbreaks of the virus. Visitors must wear a medical mask at all times and can only eat on site, while musicians and market criers are prohibited.

The number of vendors is also limited, with only around 60 allowed to open in an area where there are normally 120 stalls.

300 year old tradition

Sellers did not consider a later opening time, saying it would not be in the mind of the market.

Before the pandemic, the 300-year-old market welcomed up to 70,000 visitors every Sunday.

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