Although stores in Germany have reopened, shoppers are still few and far between. Shopping malls are especially hard hit, with store owners now suffering from low foot traffic and Germans' reluctance to spend.
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The COVID-19 incidence rate is going down across Germany and shops are set to reopen completely. Those who have managed to survive the lockdown still face an uphill battle to win back customers.
In many German cities, shops have been allowed to reopen their doors. But it is mandatory for shoppers to provide a negative coronavirus test result before their shopping outing can even begin — and that's a problem.
Germany's most populous state is tightening COVID measures on shops after a court ruled the requirements for some businesses to reopen were violating "equal treatment."
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