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  • Cape Town is a popular Christmas destinations for travelers running away from the cold in their home countries.

  • Normally, it is very difficult to find a hotel during that time off the year.

  • But this year things are going to be different.

  • All those South Africa opened its borders for international tourists with a negative covets test result.

  • Only few are coming gonna be very different, very different, because I don't think that Christmas would be the same.

  • Most people they lost, they lost their jobs over 19 has affected my mental health a lot.

  • So usually when I go home for Christmas and with cheery and I'm the bubbly one.

  • But now, yeah, I'm taking a cloud of sadness home That is not necessary amount of people getting together.

  • The virus spreads quicker, which is a bad thing for everybody, not just for ourselves but our families, coworkers, colleagues, sisters and brothers.

  • That is why we celebrate things on the smallest Culver's here due to the pandemic number off new covered infections.

  • ISS rather low for now.

  • But on the rise again.

  • Epidemiologists.

  • One of a spike in cases because of the Christmas celebrations.

  • Most events here.

  • We're already canceled the good news for those already here.

  • If you're looking for silence and contemplation on a lonely beach, your chances are quite good this year.

  • It doesn't get much more Christmassy than this.

  • London's Oxford Street, usually buzzing with holiday shoppers.

  • But this year, standing around in big crowds isn't top of anybody's Christmas list.

  • The U.

  • K is still under strict restrictions, but from the 23rd until the 27th of December, there'll be a brief relax ation of the rules.

  • Up to three households will be allowed to meet inside and for many of us is the first time will have seen families indoors since March.

  • But his prime minister, Boris Johnson, put it, Is the season to be jolly?

  • It is also a season to be jolly careful, and there are concerns we risk undoing the gains made in November's locked down.

  • So for some, the question this Christmas is not.

  • Can we meet loved ones?

  • It should we?

  • I think people deserve a bit of a break.

  • I mean, I understand the implication, but I know given the citizens of this country, there would be a they will do it anyway.

  • So the government had to back down.

  • I am spending.

  • It just is my boyfriend, Andi.

  • It's actually gonna be a nice change, because when everyone gets together, that's usually a recipe for disaster.

  • I joined have any plans?

  • I'm afraid.

  • I'm waiting to be invited to places.

  • Christmas will not be canceled.

  • This in Bethlehem, said to be the birthplace of Jesus.

  • But it will be completely different because of the Corona pandemic.

  • Everything here is much quieter just in front of the Church of the Nativity.

  • This is usually the busiest time of the year for the Palestinian town.

  • There no foreign visitors because Israel is still banning foreigners from entering the country and thus the occupied territories as well.

  • It is unclear whether Palestinian Christians from other parts of the West Bank and Israel will be able to take part in the festivities.

  • The Palestinian Authority has recently imposed a new night time locked down to help curb a new spike and infection rates.

  • But while celebrations will be severely scaled back, people here say they still want to send a message of hope from Bethlehem to the rest of the world.

  • I'm it's Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.

  • It's crowded But if you look more closely, beachgoers are practicing social distancing on the sand.

  • Here in Australia, there is very little community transmission onto the relief of many.

  • Covert restrictions are easing in time for Christmas, but the country's international borders remain closed.

  • While this festive season will be overshadowed by the pandemic, Australia's success in virtually stamping out the virus means many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • I think it'd be nice to sort of get back together with everyone.

  • Um, you know, a lot of people have been separated for a while on definitely had my period where I couldn't see my family, so I'll definitely be sort of centering.

  • It will.

  • Not for sure it wasn't planning on celebrating here it all.

  • I was planning on going home, but yeah, even here, I definitely think it's changed.

  • Um, it's gonna be a little bit easier, I think just because the restrictions have kind of relaxed a little.

  • But earlier on in the year, I was really worried about if I was gonna be able Thio travel to my friends here in Australia.

  • Now we can have more people each time it's a bit better, and it will get better and better by the time Hanukkah comes.

  • It's another 23 weeks like Christmas, and it will be okay.

  • Christmas and New Year's Night were always family celebrations in my childhood.

  • During the Soviet Union, people get together for a meal at home, watch Soviet films and eat.

  • But in the last few years, that changed and Russians discovered street festivals.

  • This year, everything has to change again because mass meetings outside are prohibited.

  • New Year's Night will be intimate and small again, just like in my childhood, with one exception, which is ice skating that remains allowed in Moscow this year despite the pandemic.

  • From my point of view, the most beautiful place for it is here in the legendary Gorky Park.

  • You just make.

  • Usually we all get together is a big family with our parents, too.

  • But this time we're avoiding that because they're seniors, so unfortunately will celebrate without them.

  • Covic changed our plans.

  • We wanted to go skiing in Europe, but now we're going to Sochi, probably with about 20 million other Muscovites.

  • I'm going to celebrate at my cabin.

  • As usual.

  • The coronavirus doesn't really change anything for May.

  • Normally, we traveled to Madrid on Christmas Eve and stay for a few days.

  • This year.

  • We have to celebrate at home, but we'll have entertainment from our grandson.

  • Where there are Children, there's Christmas way.

  • We'd like to organize a big party with our friends, but I don't think that's possible.

  • So home family, that's all there is to it.

  • Usually we celebrate with many relatives from all over my big extended family.

  • This year it will be only our closest circle my daughters and my husband memory here in the Spanish city of severe the Christmas lights that you see behind me stay off at the moment.

  • Even at night, the city administration is afraid off big crowds that might come and watch them.

  • The general restrictions for Christmas here in Spain are not clear yet, but everybody knows this will be a very different festive season.

  • Even in my own family, which is partly German and partly Spanish.

  • We don't know what to do yet, and if we will be able to meet each other at all, of course it would be nicer to go to the Christmas market, but I think these measures air sensible and more important.

  • Now, next year we can catch up on our traditions again, so I have no problem.

  • It's difficult.

  • We usually celebrate with my husband's side and also my side together.

  • Now we have to split everything up so that fewer households come together.

  • Already has a pharmacy.

  • Employees.

  • I always have to be very cautious not to bring the virus home, so there's no choice but to split things up.

  • This year.

  • He's a secondhand with my family.

  • We've all agreed to take coronavirus tests before we meet at home, and if they all turn out negative, we come together.

  • If not, then not or in smaller groups, E want to hug my family again.

  • I missed that.

  • Normally, at this time off year, the place behind me would look totally different.

  • There would be lots of Christmas market stands and the smell off roasted elements everywhere to get you in the mood.

  • But what I personally miss the most this December is meeting friends in the evening and drinking mild wine together.

Cape Town is a popular Christmas destinations for travelers running away from the cold in their home countries.

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