The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most beautiful, largest and most famous Christmas markets, with a large international audience. But now the organizers and the city of Nuremberg are not drawing attention to themselves with their market: According to the current status, unvaccinated people are allowed to visit it, but mulled wine is only served there to vaccinated and convalescent people.
From Max Bergmann
It remains completely unclear what the meaning of this discriminatory coercive measure is. The only thing that comes into your head is vaccination pressure a la “If you don’t finally get your shot, you won’t get any alcohol and have to watch the rest of you have fun”. Shot is of course not to be understood as an alcoholic soft drink. One looks in vain for an epidemiological or virological explanation for this. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt takes place in the historic old town on the main market not far from the Frauenkirche and occasionally also takes place in side streets. If it has not been forbidden by coercive measures by the federal government, it begins on the Friday before the 1st of Advent and ends on December 24th. With around 7,000 overnight stays, the Japanese usually make up most of the foreign visitors to the internationally known Christmas market. It is not known exactly when the first market took place, but the first known sources go back to the year 1628.
Mask compulsory outdoors and separate 2G areas for vaccinated people
In any case, there shouldn’t be a lot of Christmas cheer at the Nuremberg Christmas Market this year. Last year, like all other Christmas markets, it was completely banned. In some cities there were alternate stalls, for example on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm near the well-known KaDeWe department store. In Nuremberg, a strict mask regime applies to the outdoor Christmas market this year. The mask can be removed to drink mulled wine. But for this purpose, separate 2G areas will be set up around the 7 mulled wine bars. Unvaccinated people are not allowed in and therefore cannot receive mulled wine.
Removing the mask is generally not permitted outside of the 2G areas, including when drinking mulled wine. Alcohol consumption is therefore only possible in the designated and monitored areas, and only for vaccinated and convalescent people. During the day, 22 security guards are supposed to ensure that the coercive measures are implemented. According to experts, the risk of infection with Corona is considered outdoors extremely low to watch. In view of this, the almost totalitarian coercive measures against this Christian tradition are even more than incomprehensible.
Fewer booths on a larger area – a nationwide ban is still in the room
Instead of 160 Christmas stalls in 2019, only 101 stalls will be presented, with a significantly larger area. The Christmas market will also be expanded to other places in the historic old town this year in order to reduce the risk of infection, as it was explained. In addition to the main market, Lorenzer Platz, the island of Schütt and Jakobsplatz will also be part of the Christkindlesmarkt. It cannot be ruled out that some organizers canceled their participation in advance. Whether Christmas markets are allowed to take place at all has not been conclusively clarified; new federal regulations could result in a nationwide ban.
Many cities are still struggling with the decision. One of the largest Christmas markets in East Germany takes place in Erfurt. Also on Wednesday afternoon wasn’t clearwhether this will take place. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) confirmed to the portal nordbayern.dethat politicians are not currently planning to cancel Christmas markets. If so, then a decision of this magnitude should be made nationwide, but not by individual federal states, he said.
Christian traditions are trampled underfoot, Islamic traditions are courted
Another trend should be viewed as worrying. While Christian traditions such as Christmas markets are coming under increasing pressure, Islamic traditions are increasingly becoming the standard in Germany. The muezzin call is now a part of Cologne for everyday life, but the trend is steady. On Tuesday reported the Hessenschau, also in Raumheim in Hesse the muezzin call is now becoming a “permanent facility”. Christmas markets, a centuries-old Christian tradition, were once such a permanent establishment. But today, Christian values and traditions are clearly no longer of particular importance to the governments of Europe.