Will Covid-19 put another dampener on our New Year celebrations? It’s off to a good start, given the global increase in positive cases, including cases of the new variant from South Africa, Omicron. For their part, European governments are trying their best to save the seasonal festivities, even if it means re-tightening certain restrictions.
In Portugal, where 92 percent of the population is vaccinated, wearing masks inside public spaces is once again compulsory, while other measures aimed at limiting infections are also back in force. The Portuguese government has said that it’s ready to toughen restrictions should the situation worsen over the winter months.
Across Europe, exceptional measures have been adopted to limit the number of infections: remote work is back, late bars and clubs are closed, the Munich Christmas market is cancelled, and the Budapest market is only open to the vaccinated. While all the stops are being pulled to ensure the safest end of year celebrations, the Christmas spirit may be a little less lively.
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