Silent holidays: Which countries cancel New Year’s events


The Omicron mutation brings the ups and downs in the designs of dozens of countries for the celebrations of Christmas and New Year.

As Greece implements new measures to prevent an uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus, more and more countries in Europe and, in general, the world are forced to change their programs for the holidays.

According to the American CNN in a special tribute to the impact of Omicron on the holidays, everything until recently showed that this year we may see celebrations in the big cities of the world that are reminiscent of the glories of the past. “A new rise in coronavirus cases and the rapid spread of the Omicron strain have dashed hopes,” he said.

Celebrations in Berlin are canceled

The next country mentioned by CNN is Germany. “Germany will implement strict contact restrictions in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, starting on December 28,” the report said. Among other things, New Year’s Eve rallies and fireworks in Berlin will be canceled.

From December 28, in Germany, gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or sick, according to the chancellor. The only ones who will be exempted from the above measure are children up to 13 years old.

What will happen in England and Scotland

At the same time, the Prime Minister of Scotland Nicolas Sterzion stated that all events for New Year’s Eve are canceled. In a message, Sturgeon explained the need for restrictions on large gatherings during the Christmas period, in order to put a “brake” on the spread of Omicron.

In the same vein, London Mayor Sadiq Khan stressed that all New Year’s Eve celebrations were canceled due to the Omicron mutation – which brought a record number of cases in Britain. “Due to the increase in coronavirus cases, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel New Year’s Eve events in Trafalgar Square,” Kahn tweeted.

The mayor of London explained that the safety of Londoners comes first and that a festive radio program is planned on BBC One.

Silent celebrations in Paris and Rome

At the same time, residents and visitors to Paris will not see the fireworks illuminate the sky over the Champs Elysees this year when the new year arrives. The reason is the rapid spread of the Omicron mutation, which restores the climate of “terror” to experts and the public.

“We will not see the fireworks, nor will there be DJ sets,” a spokesman for the French capital’s municipality told AFP. French Prime Minister Jean-Castex had previously announced that large public parties and fireworks display would be banned. He even advised vaccinated citizens to take a self test before going to a festive table or event.

The image in Rome will be similarly “hazy”. According to CNN, Rome is just one of the capitals that decided to cancel the festivities due to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

It is worth noting that in Campania… tsibousia and alcohol consumption were banned in public places from December 23rd until January 1st. Venice, meanwhile, canceled all events, open-air concerts and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Strict measures in India as well

In the meantime, India is taking particularly strict measures. As announced, in New Delhi all social, cultural, political and festival events are prohibited until the latest!

The officials, in a statement, “will ensure that no event will take place”, whether it is a festive program or a political gathering, at Christmas or New Year’s Eve. In New Delhi, bars and restaurants will be up to 50% full.

Which countries insist on celebrating

However, not all countries take action to change the Omicron during the holiday season. The following is CNN’s list of countries that… insist on celebrating:

Thailand: In Bangkok the events will take place normally, with minimal restrictions. According to local media, only open-air events will be allowed, and all attendees must have been fully vaccinated or tested in the last 72 hours.

South Africa: In Cape Town the events will normally take place on New Year’s Eve, but with special restrictions (eg attendances will be allowed only by reservation, etc.)

Las Vegas: The “paradise” of gambling, Las Vegas, will not be left out… outside the festivities. A huge event with fireworks has already been planned to be launched from eight large hotels in the city, which will last eight minutes!

Dubai: The “traditional” fireworks display from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will normally take place this year. The Emirate invites visitors who want to attend to register through a special application.

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro had canceled the celebrations on New Year’s Eve, but eventually reversed its decision. “We want to celebrate the coming of the new year in a calm, safe and organized way. “We spoke with the committee of scientists who confirmed that it is safe to do the events on New Year’s Eve, with specific restrictions,” said Mayor Eduardo Paes.

Australia: Sydney will normally host New Year’s Eve events, but you will need to book a ticket. A full vaccination is not necessary, but it is recommended.

Taiwan: The famous show with fireworks at the Taipei 101 skyscraper will take place in Taipei.

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