Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as Covid infections rise

Business Standard | Nov 25, 2021 at 1:00 AM
  • The holiday tree is towering over the main square in this central German city, the chestnuts and sugared almonds are roasted, and kids are clambering aboard the merry-go-round just like they did before the pandemic.
  • Austria’s markets closed as a 10-day lockdown began Monday.
  • Last winter’s extended lockdowns cost the tourism board alone 1 million euros ($1.12 million) just in nightly tourist tax fees during that period not to mention the huge financial losses sustained by hotels, restaurants and ski resorts.