A Different Christmas 2020 around the World during Covid-19 Pandemic

by Loan Nguyen
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How families should celebrate Christmas and New Year while the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic rages on. Governments fear that relaxing rules and restrictions might usher in another spike in the number of cases when many countries are already witnessing a second wave, each country has their different ways to prepare for the Christmas holiday.
In Itay, the Government banned midnight mass and halted inter-town movements. French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the majority of the lockdown measures will be eased from December 15 for the festive break. Shops, cinemas, and theatres will reopen just in time for Christmas. The German government has imposed travel restrictions during the festive period, and limited indoor gatherings over the Christmas holidays to 10 people Christmas markets and New Year’s firework displays both have been cancelled. Currently, 22 states have imposed travel restrictions, with Alaska, California, Hawaii, Connecticut asking travellers to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Surely, this will be a different Christmas during Covid-19 Pandemic but that does not mean that it cannot be a merry one. Seeing the pictures of happy people on a different Christmas 2020 (source: the Guardian)

Santas have their temperature taken as they attend a socially distanced Santa school training at Southwark Cathedral in London, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Stan Thompson, dressed as Santa Claus, talks to children in a car during a physically distant drive-through visit in Indianola, Iowa.
Photograph: Jack Kurtz/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Skaters and cyclists dressed in Santa Claus outfits make their way along the Kurfürstendamm boulevard in Berlin on 6 December.
Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

A chocolate Santa Claus prepared by patisserie owner Tassos Vazakas in Lykovrysi, Athens. Patisseries remain open during Greece’s second lockdown.
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A man dressed as Santa Claus hands out surgical masks in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Penguins walk with a trainer in a Santa costume as part of a Christmas event at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, Japan.
Photograph: Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO/Rex/Shutterstock

Santa lies on a fake coffin in Lyon, France as shop owners call for the reopening of their stores that were closed as part of government measures to curb the spread of Covid.
Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Santa Claus greets Jaythan Corbacho with an elbow bump at the Selfridges store in London.
Photograph: Eamonn M McCormack/Getty Images

Children visit with Santa in a snow globe at Automobile Alley’s Lights on Broadway display in Oklahoma City.
Photograph: Doug Hoke/AP

Santa Larry speaks with a virtual visitor at the Santa Experience in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The owners had initially set up a socially distanced set, featuring a cabin with a plexiglass window, but moved completely online after new Covid restrictions were put in place.
Photograph: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Children visit with Santa in a snow globe at Automobile Alley’s Lights on Broadway display in Oklahoma City.
Photograph: Doug Hoke/AP

A child in a mask visits a Santa Clause behind plexiglass at Cabela’s retail store in Hudson, Massachusetts.
Photograph: Allison Dinner/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock


A child visits Santa Claus inside an old cable car near Sugar Loaf Mountain during a Christmas event in Rio de Janeiro.
Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Matt Quagliotto and Bridie Jabour pose at a distance from Santa with their children Hamish (toddler) and Cormac (baby) in Sydney, Australia.



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