Cautious start to new term in September

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated our lives for the past six months and, with each passing day, has forced us to rethink our activities and how best to organise them. For many of us, the start of the new term in September will undoubtedly be very different from what we are accustomed to. At the same time, the numerous projects and initiatives that have been launched since the start of the pandemic underscore the extraordinary level of commitment, creativity and solidarity of which our fellow residents are capable.

In the same vein, the City of Luxembourg’s various departments have gone to great lengths to provide a range of events and activities throughout the summer, so that residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our city and its districts. These include events and attractions put on as part of ‘D’Stad lieft’ (which runs until 13 September included), the online initiatives and regular programmes hosted by our cultural institutions (adapted to comply with the protective measures currently in force), the traditional ‘Stater Braderie’ taking place on 31 August, and, of course, the city’s tourist attractions.

Shops and business in general have been particularly hard hit as a result of the exceptional circumstances we have all had to cope with since March, and we at the City of Luxembourg are committed to doing everything within our power to support them throughout this challenging period. Accordingly, among the various initiatives undertaken by the City in support of businesses is a campaign involving the distribution of over 20,000 shopping vouchers (purchased directly from Luxembourg City businesses) through various competitions scheduled to run until the end of the year.

COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. As such, it is crucial that we adhere to public health guidelines, keep our spirits up, and that we all – residents, associations and municipal stakeholders alike – try to settle into a daily routine as similar as possible to our pre-COVID-19 normality.