Among other things, the Christmas markets in the have already opened Old town of Hanover, in Osnabrück, Oldenburg and in Hildesheim. Here, as everywhere, the 2G model applies to consumption and rides. Vaccinated and recovered guests receive wristbands. The city of Hanover has announced that it will close all stalls in the event of serious violations of the corona protective measures. In Göttingen it starts too. Anyone can stroll here. 2G also applies to drinking mulled wine, eating and carousel driving. Stand operators and security services check the ribbons distributed for this purpose. There are also Christmas markets in Wolfsburg, Einbeck, Northeim, Holzminden, Meppen, Uslar, Osterode and Nordhorn.
Mayors advocated 2G Christmas markets
The Lord Mayor of Lower Saxony had spoken out in favor of Christmas markets with 2G rules on Saturday. They are skeptical of a market rejection. “After a very thorough consultation,” the Lord Mayor’s Conference of the Lower Saxony City Council decided to hold Christmas markets under 2G conditions, said Salzgitter’s Lord Mayor Frank Klingebiel (CDU) on his behalf. In addition, cancellations would be dearly for the municipalities if they were not covered by the state’s Corona regulation. The cities would be subject to recourse, as reported by the NDR in Lower Saxony.
Infection risk not acceptable for some municipalities
But not all municipalities want to take avoidable infection risks. In view of the pandemic situation, the event is not sustainable, it was said last Thursday from Goslar, among others. “With the decision, which was incredibly difficult for us, we are also responding to the concerns of those involved in the Christmas market,” said the managing director of Goslar City Marketing, Marina Vetter. Other municipalities justify their decision in a similar way. Below you will find a list of other canceled Christmas markets. Please note when the article was published and that NDR.de does not have a complete list.
Canceled Christmas markets in Lower Saxony:
- Aerzen (Hameln-Pyrmont district)
- Bockhorn (District of Friesland)
- Bückeburg – Bückeburg Castle (district of Schaumburg)
- Dransfeld (District of Göttingen)
- Duderstadt (District of Göttingen)
- Kirchhatten (District of Oldenburg)
- Lehrte (Hanover region)
- Lingen – cultural Christmas market (Emsland district)
- Melle-Buer (district of Osnabrück)
- Neuchâtel (district of Friesland)
- Nörten-Hardenberg (District Northeim)
- Northeim – only Christmas crib market
- Nienhagen (district of Celle)
- Ostercappeln (district of Osnabrück)
- Quakenbrück (district of Osnabrück)
- Rodenberg (district of Schaumburg)
- Sandkrug (District of Oldenburg)
- Sögel – Clemenswerth Castle and Heimathof (Emsland district)
- Stadtoldendorf (district of Holzminden)
53 percent against the opening of the Christmas markets
According to a representative survey by Infratest dimap on behalf of NDR Lower Saxony, more than half of Lower Saxony (53 percent) consider opening Christmas markets to be wrong. It is especially the elderly who refuse this offer. The survey was conducted from November 11th to 16th.
Closures for market operations the “financial death knell”
The showmen had defended the opening of the Christmas markets in advance despite rising corona incidence values. In the opinion of the Lower Saxony regional association of market and fairground companies, there is no danger from outdoor events. If the Christmas markets have to close again because of a possible tightening of the corona rules, that would be “the financial death knell of the industry,” said Harald Müller, vice-chairman of the regional association.