December 2, 2021

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There will be Christmas markets in Vienna this year

The Christmas markets in Vienna begin in mid-November.

New regulations related to the coronavirus pandemic, which will take effect in Austria from November, will also allow traditional Viennese Christmas markets to appear in Austria this year. The APA reported this on Wednesday.

According to the Austrian Ministry of Health, the rules are adapted so that no fencing is required. The Christmas markets in Vienna usually start in mid-November.

The Austrian capital is currently cooperating with Christmas market operators on a unified concept of prevention, which will be the basis for all such events, according to a statement from State Health Adviser Peter Hacker. From the current point of view, it would not be necessary to follow the 2G rule in upcoming markets — that is, only people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or recovered from COVID-19 are allowed in — and the obligation to wear a headscarf, but it depends on the epidemiological situation, the APA writes.

The City of Vienna anticipates that, due to the different structure of the Christmas markets in Vienna, there will also be different implementation concepts regarding the procedures. In this context, he said, it would make sense to control entry through bracelets. The city emphasized that it was feasible to take more stringent measures in connection with the coronavirus epidemic in Vienna.

The goal of these actions is not to harass people, but to create framework conditions that allow them to return to normal life as much as possible, the American Psychological Association writes.

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