We learned Thursday, October 22: in France, the Strasbourg Christmas market is canceled. This is also the case with one of those planned for Berlin, while thn Germany, too, the tradition of these markets is very strong. AT Because of the coronavirus, the Christmas markets across the Rhine will either not take place at all or not have the same flavor.

900,000 visitors were still expected this year on the main square of Gendarmenmarkt in the heart of Berlin. But the health risk is too great, the holding of the Christmas market is no longer justifiable, said “heavy heart” its organizer Helmut Russ, estimating the losses between 22 and 25 million euros. This was supposed to be the lifeline for 120 artisans after a difficult year, it will not be.

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What will happen to some 3,000 other Christmas markets across the country? Cancellations already follow one another in cascade. Frankfurt and its 3 million visitors each year, Constance, Düsseldorf … The 16 Länder of the country are canceling their festivities one after the other. Who can take such a risk as the country battles new infection numbers not seen since the start of the pandemic? The mulled wine will therefore be drunk without a mask, but at home.

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