Mulled wine, almonds, handicrafts – but not for all: On the Monday after the Sunday of the Dead, many Christmas markets in Germany began with controls and masking requirements. In parts of the republic, however, the markets remained completely closed on the traditional opening day.
The country is divided: Famous markets such as Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich became higher because of Corona– Numbers canceled at short notice. Markets have long been running in some cities such as Essen, Duisburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf or Freiburg, as well as parts of Berlin and Hamburg.
On Monday, a few large and well-known markets were added, including the Christmas markets in Berlin at the Gedächtniskirche, the Rotes Rathaus and the Gendarmenmarkt – or at the Cologne Cathedral. The markets in Frankfurt am Main, Kiel, Lübeck and Karlsruhe have also started.
Depending on the federal state and the structure of the markets, some of which are fenced, strict rules apply, from 3G (visitors must be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative) to 2G (only vaccinated or recovered).
▶ ︎ On the Berlin Gendarmenmarkt 2G was valid, all visitors had to show proof of vaccination or recovery. As a result, a line formed from 11.00 a.m. In addition, many people voluntarily wore masks. At other Christmas markets such as in front of the Rotes Rathaus and the Gedächtniskirche near Ku’damm there is a mask requirement, no vaccination certificates are required.
▶︎ In Hamburg The historic Roncalli Christmas market on the Rathausmarkt reopened on Monday after the forced break due to corona last year. The Christmas markets are also open at Gänsemarkt, Eppendorf and Hafencity. Also open: the gay and lesbian Christmas market “Winter Pride” in St. Georg.
▶︎ In Bremen and Hanover As a precaution, there are fewer stands than usual, they have been spread over a larger area. Strolling through the markets should be possible without restriction. However, the 3G rule applies to stands with catering in Bremen. In Hanover, the regulation is stricter: only those who have been vaccinated or recovered (2G) are catered for.
▶ ︎ In other parts of Germany, there were also other short-term decisions on Monday. So are in Rhineland-Palatinate The corona rules for individual Christmas markets have been tightened: In Ludwigshafen, from this Tuesday on, only those who have been vaccinated and recovered will have access to the fenced-in areas, as the congress and marketing company announced on Monday. The Christmas market there has been open for almost two weeks.
▶︎ In Kaiserslautern the mulled wine stands are fenced in, 2G then also applies in the area, as the city administration announced on Monday. Access ribbons are expected to be distributed from Tuesday after verification of the evidence. 2G regulations or a mask requirement have already been announced for other Christmas markets such as Mainz, Koblenz and Trier.
▶︎ In Brandenburg The Christmas market operators were particularly unlucky: On November 22nd, it became known that no markets were allowed to take place – and that those that were already open would have to close again from November 24th. In Berlin, the Senate wants to discuss 2G-plus rules on Tuesday. Vaccinated and recovered people would then also have to show a current negative corona test.