A spokesman for the city of Kiel said, “We can only make a final decision on what the hygiene concept for the Kiel Christmas markets will look like this year after November 14th”. Then the current Corona Control Ordinance will expire. But one thing is clear: “We want to continue to organize the market as freely and generously as possible.” According to the current status, serving alcohol is permitted.
At the central Christmas market on the Großflecken in Neumünster, the distance requirement should apply in the open air. In stalls with larger interiors, the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested) is provided, said a city spokesman. Alcohol may be served.
The Lübeck Christmas markets on the market at the town hall, the Koberg, in the pedestrian zone and on the Schrangen are to take place without 3G regulation this year. However, the 3G rule applies to visits to the arts and crafts markets in the Holy Spirit Hospital, St. Petri, the Hoghehus and Schuppen 6, which take place indoors.
The Stuttgart Christmas market will take place this year from November 24th to December 30th inclusive – by decision of the municipal council a week longer than originally planned. According to the current planning status, the 3G rule will apply, with wristbands handed out after admission control. Those responsible also say: “Since the distance cannot be reliably maintained, there will be a mask requirement. Of course, the mask can be removed when consuming food.”
According to Robert Franke, the “normal corona rules for Saxony” apply to the Dresden Striezelmarkt. The spokesman for economic development explains in an interview with t-online that there is an open concept without 3G regulation. “We rely on the personal responsibility of the visitors, but have tried to create more space.” A mask requirement is not necessary, but wearing a mask is recommended. In order to avoid crowds, the stage program will also be shortened, among other things.
In Leipzig, the tree for the Christmas market has already been set up, but the Christmas hustle and bustle is not scheduled to start until November 23, as reported by MDR. The market should take place “almost as usual”, but distances, aisles and paths would be increased and there should be designated “dwelling areas”. There should be no mandatory 2G or 3G control, but there is the possibility of voluntary contact tracing.
Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU), on the other hand, calls for cancellations. “You can’t imagine standing at the Christmas market, drinking mulled wine and everything is at an end in the hospitals and you’re fighting for the last resources,” he said on Thursday in the “Frühstart” program on RTL / ntv.
After a pandemic-related Advent season without stall magic, Hessen’s cities are hosting Christmas markets again this year. Some municipalities want to open these earlier than usual and longer, also to give the showmen more sales opportunities after the unusual market activity in 2020. This was the result of a survey by the German Press Agency among several Hessian cities. For example, from Offenbach, where the Christmas market starts on November 15th, it is said: “This is intended to support the showmen and women after a long phase without any income.”