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Agassiz Harrison Observer agassizharrisonobserver.com 26 Nov, 2021 00:30 am

Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise – Agassiz Harrison Observer

Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise – Agassiz Harrison Observer
Despite inconveniences, stall owners relieved for their first Christmas market in two years

But a surge in coronavirus infections has left an uneasy feeling hanging over Frankfurt’s Christmas market.Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs.The traditional Christmas market in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the Spanish capital, is slated to open Friday at the size it was before the pandemic.A representative for the Advent Bazilika Christmas market said a number of its measures go beyond government requirements, including that all vendors wear masks and those selling food and drinks be vaccinated.

Stunned exhibitors in Dresden had to pack up their goods when authorities in the eastern Saxony region suddenly imposed new restrictions amid soaring infections.Merchants say closures last year and the new restrictions have had disastrous consequences.

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