Germany is among the first European countries to show light at the end of the lockdown tunnel as it slowly started to reopen this week.
Shops smaller than 800 square metres were allowed to open in areas of the country, meaning that florists, bike and car outlets, bookshops and more were back in business from Monday, albeit with strict social distancing rules still firmly in place.
It’s the first taste of normality that many will have experienced since lockdown measures started being introduced a month ago.
Earlier this month, The Big Issue tapped into the network of street papers across the world to create a picture of how homeless people in countries outside the UK were being affected by the coronavirus – and how titles that work like The Big Issue are adapting, supporting and surviving.
One of those street papers was Dortmund-based bodo, So we got back in touch with Editor-in-Chief Bastian Pütter to see how the changing situation is affecting bodo and its vendors. He told The Big Issue:
“Since Monday there has been a loosening of the lockdown. German federalism is now ensuring that different rules apply in 16 federal states, in addition, cities can decide their own restrictions.