Encounter with the world in 2022: from magnificent fireworks to curfew – nach Welt

For the second year in a row, the Covid-19 pandemic is overshadowing New Years celebrations around the world, but concerns about the spread of the virus do not detract from people’s desire to celebrate the beginning of 2022, reports lsm.lv.

Several governments have hastily tried to impose restrictions on the party to contain the outbreak of the new Covid-19 omicron. In some countries, people can look forward to the New Year in a relatively free holiday atmosphere.

In Europe, where nearly a million people died from the coronavirus last year, traditional concerts and fireworks, often seen by thousands on the streets, have been canceled in most major cities, including London, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, Rome and Warsaw.

Limited crowds are a headache for restaurants and bars. In Italy, for example, restaurant and club owners called for urgent assistance from the government, saying that up to 30% of reservations for New Year’s Eve dinner had been canceled.

The Vilnius Municipality, the capital of Lithuania, has announced that it will not offer fireworks in Cathedral Square this year and has advised people to avoid pyrotechnics as much as possible. For the second year in a row, Tallinn will not host the traditional New Year fireworks and concert in Freedom Square and will replace it with fireworks in seven districts of the city.

On December 31 and January 1, the Estonian government lifted the ban on bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues that operate after 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Indian authorities began tightening regulations to prevent mass gatherings on Thursday by imposing night curfews in all major cities and restricting the number of customers in restaurants. A public gathering at the usual New Year’s Eve events will not be possible in South Korea either.

In contrast, South Africa, where the new shape of the omicron was first discovered, has lifted the curfew. So it will be possible to celebrate in this country.

Sydney, Australia’s largest city, has also decided to hold fireworks this year at its usual location at the Sydney Opera House, and New Year’s Eve is already here. Tens of thousands of revelers gathered off the coast of Sydney.

All attendees were asked to wear face masks and to provide confirmation of the full vaccination course at the party. Unvaccinated people were asked to stay home and watch the fireworks live on television.

Last year, all the places that would normally be seen fireworks were closed and people watched them on TV or on various smart devices.

Despite the rapid increase in the number of people infected in Australia, fireworks have taken place this year. Sydney and Australia as a whole now have a new record infection rate of more than 30,000 people per day.

The country’s Conservative government says its decision to abandon the zero infection policy approach has been based on vaccination rates and growing evidence that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is less lethal.

Fireworks are also planned in Dubai and on Copacoban Beach in Brazil. The holiday is also celebrated in Russia, the Czech Republic and Spain without strict restrictions. In Austria bars and restaurants are not open at night, but there are a number of cultural events.

Despite the rapid spread of Covid-19, the New Year’s show in New York’s Times Square will not be canceled. Last year, Times Square was banned from celebrating and celebrating New Year’s Eve due to the pandemic, but this year officials have allowed a small gathering. Here, too, the celebrations will take place despite a massive wave of eruptions in the United States.


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