After days of fear and hope it is now certain: The Frankfurt Christmas Market will not take place this year. One of the oldest and most popular Christmas markets in Germany has to bow to the Corona pandemic. In view of the increasing number of infections in the Main metropolis, it is simply not possible to hold a Christmas market that attracts many thousands of visitors from Frankfurt and the entire surrounding area every day. Admittedly, a hygiene and safety concept has long been in development that would have made the Frankfurt Christmas market possible even in times of pandemic. For example, it was planned to straighten out the market by extending the market beyond the Hauptwache along the Fressgass to the Opernplatz. In addition, fewer stalls were planned overall, with delimited areas for the consumption of curried sausage, mulled wine and Co.
But after the number of infections in Frankfurt had risen sharply and the 7-day incidence had clearly exceeded the 100 mark, it was clear that a new consultation on the implementation was necessary. The magistrate already met last Friday, but had postponed the decision until Tuesday. After the 7-day incidence on Saturday had jumped to 176.1, the meeting of the crisis management team was moved forward from Tuesday to Saturday.
In addition to a number of more stringent measures, the final cancellation of the Frankfurt Christmas market was also decided at the meeting. The Christmas season in Frankfurt - it will be a completely different one this year. Let's hope that this will remain a one-time exception.