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No fireworks this year for Hungary’s national holiday

There will be no public celebrations on August 20, while the decision regarding festivals surrounding the holiday will come at the end of July.

The ongoing defense against the coronavirus epidemic means no August 20 celebrations, including fireworks and air show. The only exception might be the initiation of officers, Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said at the “Government info” press conference held on Thursday.

Mass events present the risk of another epidemic outbreak. The minister added that if possible, these ceremonies will be held later, but this year’s festivities will most likely be missed.

Restrictions on events larger than 500 people will remain in place until August 15, while the decision about organizing mass events such as B. My Lake, the Beach Festival, Fishing On Orfű, EFOTT, Veszprém Street Music Festival, SZIN and Colorado will be made at the end of July. 

According to Gergely Gulyás, there are several arguments for not easing the current restrictions. He added that if the virus situation does not change by the end of August, the government will introduce a support program to help the Hungarian music industry with the losses it has suffered.

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