Sumary of Will Germany’s Christmas markets open given the surge in Covid cases?:
- The country is currently seeing a spike in new infections of the virus, recently recording more than 50,000 cases in one day for the first time since the pandemic began.
- Many of the country’s Christmas markets were set to open this week (22 November), with many towns eager to boost their economies after last year’s tourism slump – but local authorities are having to rethink plans amid fears about further transmission of the virus.
- Organiser Tommy Erbe blamed politicians failing to give clear guidance for safe mingling, telling German media: “Once again, politics has failed to create clear and real conditions for organisers in time.
- However, the extreme situation in our hospitals and exponentially rising infection rates leave me no other choice.
- ”These comments drew criticism from market organisers in his region who had been given the go-ahead weeks ago to start up the markets in time for Christmas.
- “That is shoddy and irresponsible,” the organiser of Dresden’s Augustusmarkt, Holger Zastrow, told the country’s Bild newspaper in early November.