Shutdown and a somewhat depressing atmosphere: The otherwise flourishing city of Konstanz, on an average Saturday bustling with good-humoured people, appears deserted and quiet after the extensive curfews in Germany and neighbouring Switzerland.
The border with Switzerland, which had dissolved into a mere imaginary line over the past 20 years, is secured by metre-high fences. Only commuters are allowed from one country to another. Friends, families and clubs are separated for the foreseeable future.
It is going to be a Spring without the usual cosmopolitan atmosphere, which guests and exchange students and foreign scientists bring here, and the Lord Mayor is surely right when he says in an interview: “After Corona, it will be another city”. Especially retailers, all tourism-related companies and many other service providers are facing a hard time with no light at the end of the tunnel yet.
But at the same time, there is some hope. The Germans seem to have rediscovered their discipline this weekend: They stayed at home despite the hardest form of curfew not yet being in force. Unlike in neighbouring Bavaria, people in Baden-Württemberg were still allowed to go out for a walk on March 21. However, it was forbidden for more than two people to gather together unless they are a family and live together.
The fight against the all too rapid spread of the coronavirus is widely supported now, and there is still hope that here in the south of Germany we will be spared conditions similar to those in near-by Northern Italy. The numbers of hospitalised patients is low so far, but everyone knows figures can explode at any time.
All photos were taken with an M 262 and Summilux 35mm and 90mm lenses