The Netherlands and the Czech Republic have said they will follow Germany into strict second lockdowns over the holiday period, with Italy weighing similar measures to avoid a fresh surge in coronavirus infections over Christmas and new year. ET, December 20, 2020 CDC advisers vote to prioritize older adults and frontline workers to receive Covid-19 vaccines in next phase “The crowds are unjustifiable, irrational, irresponsible,” Francesco Boccia, the minister for regional affairs, told the daily newspaper La Repubblica, adding that “business and health are simply not reconcilable at the moment”. On top of the regional travel bans, people will not be allowed to leave their home towns on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Why did Donald Trump pardon rap star Lil Wayne? How will Covid-19 impact Christmas 2020? 15 December 2020. First published on Mon 14 Dec 2020 09.22 EST. The annual Toronto Christmas Market has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Share page. Many Italian regions are under partial lockdown and a ban on travel between different regions from 21 December to 6 January has been announced. The market partnered with Latter-day Saint Charities and Navajo Strong to create the St. Martin’s Project, which collected nearly 800 COVID-19 kits and 700 education backpacks to donate to Navajo families in Arizona and New Mexico. Austria’s strict lockdown has ended and the country is carrying out a mass programme of 10 million tests over the next fortnight with the aim of allowing more families to reunite over the festive period. Poland will allow people to spend Christmas only with their immediate family, with no more than five guests to be invited to each household until at least 27 December and travel banned outside people’s home towns. Children aged under 14 are not included in this limit. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. It comes after health officials warned that the situation remains unstable and the epidemic has not peaked yet nationwide. Â© 2021 BBC. A Christmas market in Nottingham, in central England, has "temporarily" closed due to overcrowding just one day after it opened to the public. And yes they will get better. Schools are switching to online learning and people advised to stay at home. Sunday 25 October 2020 - 2:08pm FILE: The Frankfurt "Weihnachtsmarkt" is one of Germany's most popular Christmas … News COVID-19: Mulled wine stands spark controversy in Cologne. Dordrecht’s Christmas market, with its 200 stalls, is the largest in The Netherlands and is known for its cosy atmosphere. With Christmas fast approaching, governments around Europe are having to make tough decisions on whether to ease coronavirus restrictions in time for the holiday period. Boris Johnson says Brexit deal has settled UK's Europe question. Even so, restrictions are likely to dampen celebrations across the holiday period. October 2nd, 2020. Share. NPR delivers breaking national and world news. More on this topic Related Story Thursday October 22 2020, 12.00pm, The Times. Austria believes it can offer safe holidays once restrictions are eased and skiing will be allowed there from 24 December, although quarantine rules could mean it's mainly domestic - especially as hotels will not be open. Germany is preparing for winter amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you 'Zoom lunch' with home-working colleagues? Bars and restaurants in the Netherlands have been closed since mid-October but the partial lockdown has not slowed the spread of the virus enough, Rutte said, as anti-lockdown protesters booed and whistled outside his office. Restrictions will be eased slightly for the three days of Christmas, when Dutch households are allowed three instead of two guests, not counting children under 13. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture. German Christmas market added to Covid-19 cancellation list By Matthew Cooper, PA. 09/09/2020. UK cities plan Covid-safe festivities as Christmas markets are cancelled . Virus cases have surged in recent weeks, and a record daily tally was recorded on 26 November. However, coronavirus measures mean that a number of events and markets across the Netherlands have been cancelled. Nottingham's Christmas market will remain closed for the rest of the year after dense crowds of people gathered in the city's market square on the first day of opening. But don't worry! A maximum of five people from no more than two households are currently allowed to gather in a home. Britain is relaxing restrictions over the holiday with “Christmas bubbles” allowing up to three households to mix between 23 and 27 December. The films will be shown on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. "We need to bite this very sour apple before things get better. Hospitals across the country have warned they are reaching their limits and schools nationwide are to close or switch to home schooling from Wednesday. The city's month-long festive street festival is also likely to be cancelled, local media report. “Joseph and Mary were also on their own on the holy night.”. Warning comes after closure of Christmas market in Nottingham, also under tier 3 Covid restrictions. News Coronavirus: German families should celebrate Christmas in 'shifts' German families should celebrate twice and with fewer people, says Germany's commissioner for nursing care. Italy is currently seeing the highest number of deaths since the end of March and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has told Italians to expect a "more sober Christmas, without Christmas Eve gatherings, hugs and kisses".