Saarbruecken – Out of the lockdown, finally more freedom: Doors open to fitness studios, theaters and outdoor catering! The Saarland model officially started on Tuesday. With mixed reactions from everyone involved.
Cinemas that are allowed to reopen remain closed for the time being. “We need to be certain that we are allowed to open permanently,” says Anna Reitze from “Camera Zwo”. “We need at least one nationwide cinema release in order to get current films.”
Catalina Kremers-Da Palma (47) spontaneously set the tables in front of her restaurant “Tante Maja” (St. Johann market). The landlady: “The decision to open outside came from a gut feeling. It was not planned. But the guests accepted it immediately. Many even stayed in short snow showers. We are very happy that we can open. But the fear remains that if the incidence increases, we will have to close again. “
Adnan Peci (42) doesn’t want to open his restaurant “Porto Vecchio” for about ten days. The restaurateur: “The weather forecast is too bad. It’s not worth taking my people out of short-time work. I now offer the goods that I bought ‘to go’. “
In the Saarbrücken fitness loft, three members were already training at 9 a.m. – after five months. Owner Marco Wolter (48) happy: “It feels like a long, difficult marathon is coming to an end.” In addition to the previous safety measures, every customer now has to show a negative corona test. Despite the joy of the opening – the consequences of the closure weigh heavily. “The financial loss is huge. I stopped counting somewhere at 1.5 million. My 30 years of work is gone. We wouldn’t survive another day of closure. The studio only exists because members have supported us and donated, some employees have even worked without pay. “
In terms of culture, too, things are starting again: Tomorrow the first plays will run in the State Theater and the Alte Feuerwache. The ballet “Winterreise” is already being rehearsed diligently. Here, too, it says: negative corona test, distance, disinfection, contact tracking and mask.
The sports and cocktail bar “Manhattan” was also closed yesterday. Chef Nasser Omar (50): “We won’t start until Thursday. We live from the afternoon and evening operations. It was still too cold today. My employees are happy that things are finally starting again. “