Coronavirus brakes are being reintroduced across Europe as governments try to tackle the spread of the omicron variant.
Portugal has announced that it will close bars and nightclubs from December 26 and limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people, while Germany will close nightclubs from December 28. Football matches will be played behind closed doors from that date, with private gatherings limited to 10 people.
Sweden is introducing new Covid measures from tomorrow (December 23), when vaccination certificates will be required for public gatherings and indoor events of more than 500 people. Participants must have a designated seat and a social distance of 1m will be imposed. Groups should be limited to eight people.
The Swedish government has allocated 120 million SEK (11.7 million euros) to the cultural sector, with details to be finalized in the January budget.
It is absolutely crucial that, in a difficult time, we create security and support our cultural life.
Elsewhere, Denmark has agreed to reopen a number of compensation schemes, including funds for small venues and artists.
“It is absolutely crucial that in difficult times we create security and support our cultural and sporting life,” said Culture Minister Ane Halsboe-JÃ¸rgensen.
âAmong other things, we provide assistance to cultural institutions that may cancel or postpone a production due to restrictions. This will ensure better coverage for canceled events. “
The reopened compensation plans went into effect on December 19 and are welcomed by Dansk Live.
âUnder the circumstances, it’s a good deal,â says Esben Marcher, head of the trade organization’s secretariat. “We think they really listened to us and we really appreciate it.”
Yesterday in Scotland, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced new restrictions from December 26, including the cancellation of large-scale events such as the Hogmanay celebrations.
Indoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people standing and 200 people seated, while outdoor events will be limited to 500 people, with a physical distance of 1m for all events.
Sturgeon also announced that support for businesses affected by Covid-19 will be increased by an additional Â£ 275million.
Wales also announced that spectators would be banned from all indoor, outdoor, professional and community sporting events in the country from Boxing Day. There has not yet been any announcement regarding the closure of indoor or outdoor concert halls, although Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has said new restrictions will need to be introduced.
However, the contents of a new Â£ 1billion finance package announced by the UK government have disappointed live music groups. Additional measures included a Â£ 30million top-up to the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) and grants of up to Â£ 6,000 per local.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not ruled out introducing new measures after Christmas.
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