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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

December 18, 2020

Dear people of Uri

We all imagined the Advent and Christmas season 2020 to be different. This year almost nothing is the same as before. The second wave of the corona pandemic has also left its mark on Uri. We mourn deceased people. We see many people whose priorities have fundamentally shifted in the wake of Corona. Because: Corona has been a heavy burden on all of us in private life, at work and personally for months. That goes to the substance.

We secretly hoped the pandemic would ease by the end of the year and that the existing restrictions could be eased somewhat. In view of the development in the number of cases, this is practically impossible.

And now comes Christmas! This year these days are characterized by a lot of uncertainty, open questions, and sometimes even fear. We are torn back and forth and are looking for solutions as to how we can organize the coming holidays. The Christmas spirit is therefore only limited to many.

I appeal to you, dear people of Uri: Make the most of Christmas and the holidays! Use this to switch off for once and get other thoughts. Celebrate in a small group and enjoy the things that have too often been left behind lately: a walk in the forest, a fine meal with the family, a phone with loved ones who have to stay away from us at this year’s festival. Or just a few hours of rest, positive thoughts and candlelit conversations.

I would have gladly given you better news. It was a challenging year with many hardships. There are still a few months ahead of us under the sign of the pandemic, which will challenge us again. The government council of the canton of Uri, together with the federal council, wants to show and tread a viable way out of this pandemic situation. It is important to weigh up and take into account the interests of public health, the economy and each and every one of us as well as possible. However, this will only succeed if we are all prepared to compromise and accept restrictions and accept them together. I am happy if you help and make your own personal contribution to cohesion and unity.

Let’s use Christmas to recharge our batteries, draw hope and live community. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who are committed to ensuring that times will get better again. So that one day we can look back on this time in the certainty that we have done our best.

With this in mind, I wish you a peaceful, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Urban Camenzind, Mayor of the Canton of Uri

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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