Around the world, Easter celebrations are disrupted by coronavirus outbreak

A temporary altar during an Easter Sunday religious service in a parking lot of the Messe Erfurt trade fair grounds during the coronavirus crisis on April 12, 2020 in Erfurt, Germany.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People all over the world are having their Easter Sunday celebrations disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, another reminder we are all in this together.

"Joyeuses Pâques!" 

That's "Happy Easter" in French.

"Frohe Ostern!"

And that's "Happy Easter" in German.

In Spain they say, "Have a good holy week," or, "Qué pases una buena semana santa."

Santiago Martin lives in the northern part of Spain, where many people would usually go to the coast. 

But southern Spain, he explained, is a livelier part of the country. 

"People feel these traditions deeper in their souls so, in the need of doing something, they are trying to play music on the balconies okay," he said. 

In Germany, Brian Wagner says rules are strictly enforced, even when you’re outside. "You have to stay in your lane, in your family," he said.

"On this Easter weekend," Wagner shared, "we are going to hike again with the family, only with the family, my mom, my dad, my brother and me."

As for Jeff Rey in Lille, France, Easter will be just another day in lockdown.

"It’s difficult to remember which day you are now because after three weeks you don’t know if you are Monday, if you are Tuesday, if you are Sunday," he lamented. "It looks the same. There is no noise in the street."

Rey said his family is okay with this particular holiday being disrupted. "Christmas, we would have done Christmas," he said. "We would have done it another way. But Easter, it’s not so much celebrated here."

All mentioned virtual church services as well.