Fenced area in Hamburg: Christmas market separates vaccinated and unvaccinated people

The anticipation for the contemplative time in Hamburg is growing. Even when the city’s Christmas market is back after a forced break, special rules apply to visitors. Anyone who wants to drink mulled wine or eat something in a fenced-in area must either have recovered or be vaccinated.

After a year of forced break due to corona, the construction work for the historic Roncalli Christmas market on Hamburg’s Rathausmarkt has started. In the next few days, a team will set up the stalls in the market, which is why some semi-trailers will be on the road in the city during this time, the organizers said. This year, however, the market will be divided into two areas.

The 2G rule applies in the fenced-in catering area, where visitors can drink and eat mulled wine, which means that only those who have recovered from the coronavirus and who have been vaccinated have access. All visitors have access to the dealer area, but you must keep a distance and mask.

The market itself starts the season on November 22nd. Until December 23rd, visitors can enjoy almonds, mulled wine and Christmas shopping at the stands and huts. There is one popular attraction that visitors definitely have to do without: Because of a construction site, there will be no flying Santa Claus this year who would otherwise hover over the heads of the visitors on a wire rope.

The rules on the Christmas markets in Hamburg are, however not uniform. The area on Jungfernstieg is freely accessible, but mulled wine is only served in the 2G area. Christmas markets in the St. Pauli district or around Mönckebergstrasse are only accessible to vaccinated and convalescent people.

The anticipation of the contemplative time and also of the Christmas markets is slowly increasing nationwide. 71 percent of German citizens “definitely” or “probably” want to go to a Christmas market this year (36 and 35 percent, respectively), according to a survey by the Yougov opinion research institute on behalf of the German Press Agency. The number of people who avoid Christmas markets is small: only 4 percent of those surveyed know for sure that they do not want to visit a Christmas market this year. “Probably not” say 18 percent.