How Europeans Are Preparing For Christmas During The Pandemic
Celebrating Christmas with the COVID-19 pandemic still around wasn’t exactly how we expected the holidays to be. A season like no other, especially in regions of the world like Europe, governments are having to make tough decisions on whether to ease or increase restrictions for the holidays. Here's what we know about the COVID-Christmas statuses in nine European nations.
1/6 Germany On Hard Lockdown
Angela Merkel has warned citizens to limit socialising in case “it ends up being the last Christmas with the grandparents.” As the number of deaths and infections from the virus have surged in recent weeks, Germany is about to enter a hard lockdown over the Christmas period, which includes the cancelling of the nation's beloved Christmas markets this year. Germany is also banning the sale of alcohol in public places and traditional mulled wine stands, in addition to closing down non-essential shops.
2/6 No Markets In Madrid As Well
Traditional Christmas markets and New Year's celebrations are also called off in Madrid, Spain.
3/6 The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg And France On Similar Restrictions
The Netherlands is on a strict lockdown for five weeks, from 15 December to 19 January, allowing households three guests maximum. Belgium and Luxembourg have taken it even one step further, limiting guests to one per household or two for people living alone. France, on the other hands, says no more than six adults around a table.
France, Belgium and the Netherlands have also cancelled New Year's celebrations and fireworks.
4/6 Even The Queen Is Grounded
The Queen of England will not be leaving Windsor Castle, and families are only allowed to get together as long as no more than three households are involved.
One of Britain’s much-loved seasonal treats, pantomimes have also come to an end with theatres closed, as well as fireworks for New Year's. Scotland's Hogmanay New Year Knees Up is going online.
5/6 Curfews In Italy
Travelling between regions is banned in Italy from December 21 to January 6 with strict controls for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Curfews will also be enforced. Pope Francis said Midnight Mass at the Vatican will be curtailed to fit in with the Italian curfew.
6/6 Switzerland Can Stay Up Late On New Year's
Restaurants in Switzerland will be open and allowed to serve extra late on New Year’s Eve as of now, although singing in churches has been banned.
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