Frankfurt restaurant stages protest against lockdown restrictions with pandas and bottles of Corona beer

A restaurant in Frankfurt is staging a protest against lockdown restrictions by filling tables with a hundred stuffed toy pandas, in a play on the word “pandemic”.

German officials might agree to extend until December 20 a “lockdown light” they imposed on November 2 that means bars, restaurants and entertainment venues must stay closed, while shops and schools can remain open.

“We wanted to put some life back into our restaurant,” said Guiseppe Fichera, manager of restaurant Pino. “They are Panda-Mic pandas.”

The pandas are seated at the restaurant’s tables and propped up at the bar, some with bottles of Corona beer.

“It is a silent protest. An offer to our guests,” Fichera said, adding he would keep the lights on all day and night as long as the lockdown lasts so passersby can enjoy the display.