There’s been a long tradition of BBQs on the beach at Christmas for many Aussies but how Christmas in 2020 will look for many remains to be seen. 2020 has been the year of strange and uncertain times, with out of control Australian wildfires at the beginning of the year dominating news headlines around the world and setting an ominous tone for what was to come. Since then, the coronavirus – or COVID-19 as it is otherwise known – has become the news topic taking over headlines globally as its effects and impacts on individual mental and physical, as well as country’s economic welfare have been greatly felt by large numbers of the worldwide population.
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
For many Australian’s Christmas provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together and celebrate the year, although the sentiment for 2020 might well be more one of good riddance. With over 80% of Australian’s identifying as Christian, it’s no surprise the possibilities for festive season in this new normal is weighing heavily on many of our minds. The pandemic will of course be dictating what is and isn’t possible this Christmas time, and restrictions regarding the number of people that can gather where and how will change how people celebrate this holiday.
In recognition of the special time of year however, government restrictions are planning on being relaxed with the number of people allowed to gather for large events being raised from 30 to 50 people. These rules will apply for all outdoor events and religious gatherings. For Christmas carollers, social distancing rules of each individual having a two metre square radius around them will continue to be encouraged as much as possible. Elsewhere, the government has requested people choose to cook at home or order takeaway rather than eat out for their Christmas meal.