In a normal year, people in different countries celebrate Christmas in different ways such as singing Christmas carols with neighbors, going to church and meeting family and friends. But this year is a very different year…
The world celebrates Christmas differently amid the COVID-19 pandemic
There has never been a year that from Asia to Europe and America, the joy of gathering with friends and relatives, exchanging hugs, kisses, and eating cookies on Christmas Day has to be as limited as in 2020. , according to specific regulations of each country or region.
In general, Christmas 2020 is still full of traditional colors with pine trees and decorations, and parties full of food, but it is also slightly sad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the UK, the government is applying level 4 social distancing for almost the whole of England from December 20, people are staying indoors, not going to each other’s houses, not even gathering outdoors. , non-essential stores must close.
In Scotland, the relaxation will only apply on Christmas Day, and the entire main territory of Scotland will be subject to the strictest restrictions from December 26. A travel ban to other parts of the UK will also apply during the holiday season.
In Northern Ireland, no changes have been made to the announced restrictions for the Christmas break. Specifically, up to three households are allowed to see each other between December 23 and 27. It is expected to apply a nationwide blockade order for a period of six weeks, from December 26.
In Korea, the government also tightened the epidemic prevention rules for restaurants and eateries… such as banning table bookings for more than 5 people; hotels and motels are only allowed to receive bookings of less than 50% capacity; Cinemas nationwide must close after 9pm instead of only cinemas in Seoul and surrounding areas as at present.
Religious institutions are only allowed to hold prayers online. These restrictions are applied from December 24 to January 3, 2021 nationwide and localities are not allowed to loosen them arbitrarily.
In Australia, the state of New South Wales recorded eight new community cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the outbreak in the coastal area north of Sydney’s city center to 97 cases. With the number of new infections falling to below double digits, NSW will maintain social restrictions over Christmas but with some minor changes such as easing restrictions for the Greater Sydney region from 24 to 26 December.
According to New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, on December 24, 25 and 26, people are allowed to have five guests to their home but must be people living in the same area.
The state’s north sea will be split in two with two restrictions. People north of the North Sea are not allowed to leave their area, even during Christmas.
According to statistics website worldometers.info on December 24, worldwide there are more than 79 million people infected with the new strain of corona virus and more than 1.7 million people died from COVID-19. Never before have the wishes of a peaceful Christmas, a new year full of luck and happiness, need to be given to each other and so poignant as now.
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