“We are very intensively preparing the Christmas market,” mayor Lydie Polfer told Paperjam.
However, it is unclear what kind of pandemic restrictions will be in place come end of November. The next round of laws is being voted on in parliament on Tuesday, keeping in place the current CovidCheck regime until 18 October, meaning that larger events and gatherings require a vaccine, test or recovery certificate.
It is “too soon to tell what it will be exactly,” Polfer said about this year’s Christmas market. It “will not be exactly like what we knew before,” she said, “but we really want to the event to take place.”
The Christmas market was cancelled last year in light of a wave of infections that started in the autumn and saw the government introduce a curfew and tighten rules on gatherings that had been loosened over the summer.
The market usually stretches across Place d’Armes and Place de la Constitution. Chalets in Place de Paris and outside the central train station were scrapped in past years because of the tram construction site.
The vaccination campaign has seen a number of larger outdoor events take place throughout the summer this year, such as the Congés Annulés at Rotondes, the Pond Eclectic concert series or the Long Live the Summer event at Luxexpo.
This story was first published on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.