By Sarah Keane • 04 December 2020 • 11:13
NEW Year’s Eve in Madrid will be a Silent Night as officials ban public countdowns
The bells certainly won’t be ringing out this year in Madrid, or if they do, nobody will be around to hear them. Officials have announced that the traditional hoards who gather in the famous Puerto del Sol and other city squares for the New Year’s Eve countdown will be prohibited this year in order to reduce the congregation of large crowds and abide by coronavirus restrictions.
Despite a slight easing of lockdown measures over the Christmas period, The Community of Madrid has decided to prohibit New Year’s Eve celebrations in public spaces, as well as demanding that municipalities control the capacity of the busiest streets. The Three Kings parade this year with be limited to 50% of the usual attendees, and all must remain seated. Likewise, visits to nativity scenes will also be limited to half the usual capacity.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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