The Strasbourg Christmas Market has opened, with mask and barrier gestures

The Strasbourg Christmas Market has opened, with mask and gestures barred ; re

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The Strasbourg Christmas Market opened its doors on Friday afternoon, with compulsory mask and health passport required to access the catering areas, for the nearly two million visitors expected until December 26.

“It is a very beautiful moment, of joy and intense emotion for all of us since it is the great reunion with the Strasbourg Christmas Market”, rejoiced the ecological mayor Jeanne Barseghian, in the middle of a choir itinerant and actors who have gradually illuminated the various districts of the city.

“This market since 1570 has seen generations of Strasbourg residents and visitors. It has never stopped evolving and it was important to show that this Christmas Market can continue to reinvent itself, that it is alive, vibrant, like our city, ”she continued.

Bereaved in 2018 by an attack that killed five people, hampered the following year by important security measures, this emblematic event in the European capital had been outright canceled last year due to the COVID crisis -19.

“It was a huge challenge to organize this 2021 edition, the context does not make things the simplest, especially the health crisis, but it was also this challenge of to be able to reinvent it, with new products and different formats, ”added Jeanne Barseghian. & nbsp;

This year, health situation requires, the return of this event will be at the cost of strict measures, on which the Bas-Rhin prefecture and the ecological town hall have been working for weeks. While the health passport will not be required to access the perimeter of the Christmas Market, it will be required to eat in defined areas. The mask will be mandatory. Controls will be carried out and mediators will walk the aisles to remind people of the importance of barrier gestures.

The “Christkindelsmärik” (“Market of the Child Jesus” in Alsatian), which accommodates 300 chalets and generates some 250 million euros in spinoffs, was also spread over 13 city squares and distributed in wider aisles to facilitate the flow of visitors and avoid the effects of congestion.

At the security level , no more systematic checks on “check points” on the outskirts of the market, replaced by “random, numerous and dynamic checks” in the aisles, for which more than 700 people are mobilized, underlined the prefecture.

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