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All summer festivals canceled

According to the Hungarian government’s announcement on Thursday, the restrictions on music and dance events will not be eased after August 15.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the government decided at the end of April to ban all large-scale events, meaning the biggest festivals, such as Sziget and Balaton Sound, would not take place.

After the successful defense against the first wave of the virus and the declining number of confirmed active cases, festivalgoers had hoped this ban would be lifted after August 15.

But Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced at the last Government Info press conference that all current rules for the coronavirus will remain in force. The minister emphasized that according to the Operational Group, changing the current regulations carries risks, so they will not be going down that road; thus, the rules and restrictions on music and dance events for more than 500 people will also remain in place. The government does intend to use HUF 5.3 billion to help support those working in the music industry, which has suffered a blow due to the ongoing crisis, with a series of garage concerts.

Gulyás also emphasized that it is still important to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. The current rules have worked, he added, and the government does not want to take any risks. The goal is to prevent a second wave and hopefully start the school year this autumn in the classroom instead of online.

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