Almost nothing about 2020 has been as expected as we all live through the coronavirus pandemic, changing the way all of us live our lives.
However, one of the main questions now circulating is how Christmas will look for Glasgow and the whole of Scotland this year.
Nicola Sturgeon has stressed it is too early to plan for Christmas and urged people not to make plans to travel to see family that may live in other parts of the UK.
Despite the ever-changing rules, Glasgow Loves Christmas organisers Glasgow Life have said that many of the city’s festive events will go ahead, saying they will be “similar but a little different”.
However, they confirmed that the Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks display will be cancelled in order to maintain social distancing.
However, there is still much speculation over other measures that could place limitations on the usual festive celebrations, but these are a few things we might have to cross off the list:
The future of Glasgow’s Christmas markets has not yet been announced for this year.
However the decision was made to cancel the Christmas market in Edinburgh, with organisers stating this was in order to keep people safe amid the pandemic, leading some to feel the likelihood of Glasgow’s Christmas market going ahead is low.
Santa Dash & Carnival Parade
The annual Santa Dash from George Square is usually a staple in the Glasgow festive calendar, with thousands of people taking to the streets in their Santa suits to raise money for charity.
However, the likelihood of this year’s event taking place is up in the air, with the Glasgow event still unconfirmed.
Meanwhile, the Style Mile Christmas Carnival also looks likely to be cancelled, with the parade usually attracting large crowds to see a mix of floats, street performers, artwork and costumed attendees weave their way through the streets all the way from St Enoch to George Square.
Shops and Supermarkets
Rules are already being imposed at supermarkets that limit the number of customers allowed into stores at any one time.
Earlier in the pandemic, queues of customers lining the outside of the supermarket was a common sight. It seems likely that we could return to this as people rush to get their Christmas dinner supplies.
It is equally likely that high street stores will also need to impose similar measures as customers begin their Christmas shopping in earnest.
Meanwhile, there are likely to be more people opting for online shopping than ever before, with postmen facing an even busier festive period that usual.
Bar and restaurant curfews
Current restrictions in Glasgow have seen bars and restaurants close since October 9. Earlier today, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the measures, which were due to expire on Monday, would be in place until November 2, when the Scottish Government’s new tiered system would be introduced.
Whilst it is not yet clear how the rules around hospitality will look Christmas if the bars and restaurants in Glasgow are permitted to reopen, there is the possibility we will see curfews in place, as we have seen in recent months.
Venues may also opt for more outdoor hospitality – preferably with heaters!
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The factor many people are most concerned by is the restrictions on different households meeting.
Current nationwide rules do not allow people to visit households outside their own, with no indication these rules are set to change imminently.
More light will be shed on what the next few months could hold when the new tiered alert system is revealed. However, if current measures remain in place, it could lead to many families having to spend Christmas apart.