Berlin authorities canceled the annual Christmas markets, thus upsetting the townspeople. RIA Novosti writes about this, interviewing local residents.
Earlier, the authorities promised to open fairs from December 1, but changed their decision due to the spread of coronavirus infection. It is assumed that the restriction of the work of restaurants, cafes and hotels, as well as other measures to combat the infection, will last until January 1.
The organizers have already dismantled the built Christmas market on Potsdamer Square – one of the most visited in Berlin. Market owner Arnold Bergmann said he would still be able to recoup the loss with a few days of work in December.
The decision of the authorities influenced the mood of the townspeople: the residents of the city are accustomed to such traditions. “I will miss the Christmas markets. It's beautiful, music, festive mood, people come with families – all this has a direct bearing on Christmas, ”said Violetta, a resident of Berlin.
On November 11, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that mass New Year celebrations were canceled in the city. The ban will be introduced including for major Christmas events. Meanwhile, walking the streets on holidays is not prohibited.