Hamburg's bar and club owners from the famous party street Grosse Freiheit in the St Pauli neighborhood staged a vigil to draw government's attention to their businesses suffering losses amid the coronavirus lockdown, on Thursday.

Protesters were seen taking part in an improvised memorial service, holding signs, resembling grave markers, with names of theirs businesses written on them.

Olivia Jones, a drag queen, and bar owner explained that "caterers are absolutely desperate" and "fight for their existence" adding that "families depend on them."

The German entertainment industry has been under a nationwide shutdown since March due to COVID-19 countermeasures. The country has registered 169,430 cases of the coronavirus with 7,392 deaths related to the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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