Christmas 2020, how will it be? The pandemic has changed the certain contours of one of the most popular holidays: relatives, lunches, gifts, a festive routine that was repeated, cheerful and consoling, always the same. Explaining Christmas to children, beyond its religious meaning, means opening a strong and important cultural debate that mixes family traditions, jobs and creativity to make it unique, reunions with the most important people in the family. There Covid-19 pandemic however, he has changed the cards on the table and next Christmas is all about uncertainty. Sandra Zampa, Undersecretary for Health, gave an interview to La Stampa to explain the scenario of Christmas 2020: the government’s anticipations announce that the will is to give Italians a Christmas as similar as possible to that of previous years, but without losing in view of the prudence necessary to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading further.
Sandra Zampa, subsecretary of Health, told La Stampa that this Christmas will be different from usual, but not for this lonely. According to Zampa “there will be a provision that will concern Christmas: it must be said that it does not have to be a lonely Christmas, but that families can gather in the small nucleus, first degree relatives, brothers and sisters. Most of the current restrictions are good that remain, perhaps with a relaxation of rigor for some exercises “.
Yes, therefore, a close family reunions to experience the serenity of the Christmas holidays. And yes also to a probable easing for activities which, more than all, benefit from the holiday period which has always led to an increase in consumption. The official measure, however, is not there yet: at the moment the premier Giuseppe Conte, the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza and the entire government control room is committed to rationally distribute the areas (red, orange and yellow) on the Italian territory, in order to restrict or broaden the new regulations in force according to the degree of risk and the RT index , that is the rate of contagiousness.
Undersecretary Zampa, in the interview that anticipates the measures that will probably be taken to give Italians an all in all peaceful Christmas, added important details on the state of the art of the anti-Covid vaccine, which, together with the 2020 flu vaccine -2021, will complete the safety picture of the 60 million and more Italians: “Ordinary citizens will be able to be vaccinated by the summer. Italy has made an order that is enough to cover the entire population, we have booked 70 million doses. The vaccine will have a very low cost, under 5 euros. Vaccination will begin with social and health workers, law enforcement, the elderly, all fragile workers. And then by age group “.
It is not yet clear whether the openings will also intervene on inter-regional movements, which at the moment provide for a stop to citizens for the regions in the red and orange band. At Christmas 2020, for many families living outside their home, the reopening of regional borders would be equivalent to a reunification with grandparents and distant relatives, often a panacea for children who are waiting for this moment all year round.
Silvio Brusaferro, President of the ISS, told Repubblica again about Christmas that “it will be different” but also that, with the new restrictions in force with the decree of November 4, “the numbers should change in the coming weeks”. Not enough to be able to give ourselves a carefree Christmas 2020, but perhaps – this is still to be seen – enough to be able to hug the people we love again.