CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Will Christmas Markets go ahead this year?
Article from the BBC

German Christmas market workers 'not sleeping' over Covid
Stall operators in some of Germany's renowned Christmas markets say they are terrified of the festivities being cancelled for a second year running - amid surging cases in the country, the AFP news agency reports.

Some of the traditional markets have already been called off, while others are still waiting nervously for decisions.

Dresden Christmas market
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One stallholder in Germany's oldest Christmas market in Dresden tells AFP she "can't describe what we are going through at the moment" ahead of the planned opening next week.

Karin Hantsche, who has been selling traditional gingerbread for three decades, says stallholders are "not sleeping at night" because of the nerves and tension over whether the market will run.

The east German state of Saxony has said the markets can be held, but local authorities in Dresden are due to meet on 25 November and could overrule them.

The central government and leaders of Germany's 16 states are also due to meet this week to discuss new national restrictions, as the seven-day infection rate hits a new peak for the 10th consecutive day.

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