Hamburg (dpa / lno) - Last shopping opportunity this year: Today, the shops beyond daily needs open for the last time due to the corona pandemic in Hamburg.

The shutdown will come into effect on Wednesday and all shops will have to close by January 10th.

Only grocery stores, pharmacies, kiosks and other shops for daily needs are allowed to open further, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of state of the countries agreed on Sunday.

As early as Monday, the Northern Trade Association had determined that "many are probably using the last few opportunities to do some quick Christmas shopping". Every now and then there have been blows to the shops. In the shops, however, because of the limited space, it was not as full as "we would expect it in an Advent".