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Rather stockpile ‘ice cream vouchers, not toilet paper’

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‘You buy the ice cream now and then you can eat it in two months.’

Berlin – A German artisanal ice cream

parlour is asking customers to buy coupons, instead of hoarding

toilet paper, to help keep it afloat as the government shut most

businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rosa Canina, an organic ice cream maker whose three Berlin

stores were shut on Monday, said in notices on its windows that

it hoped loyal customers would buy vouchers online to help it

bridge the next few weeks. The business has been described as “a

culinary Shangri-La for ice cream gourmets” by the Top 10 Berlin

website.

“Somehow we will get through this. You buy the ice cream now

and then you can eat it in two months,” said co-founder Julia

Philipps.

She urged customers to do whatever they could to support

their favourite restaurants, and hoped other local businesses

would join in selling coupons as well.

Germany is suffering a major economic hit from the

coronavirus crisis, with schools shut, more than 6,000 people

known to be infected and 13 dead, and a rapid rise in case

numbers.

The federal government has loosened insolvency rules that

risked forcing companies into declaring bankruptcy while they

waited for state aid to arrive.

Reuters