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Europe Does Its Best Returning to Normal Life

16 Sep 2021 Developer News
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Europe is slowly going back to normal as lockdowns across most countries in Europe are eased. Many people across the EU have been vaccinated against Covid-19, a reason why governments are now opening up the countries. Restaurants, cinemas, and sports events were closed, but they are now some of the things that are going back to normal.

Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic affected daily operations worldwide, which also led to postponing some of the major events like Eurovision, and Euro 2020, which were supposed to happen a year before. This was quite a disappointment for the fans, which led to some of them turning to other alternatives, like playing online games such as poker online na pieniÄ…dze, to have fun and keep the stressors at bay.

Now that things are gradually going back to normal, Europe can once again hold some of the big events that were postponed in the previous year. Below are some of the international competitions we may see happening in 2021. Note that all of these events adhere to the strict Covid-19 rules.

Eurovision 2021

Eurovision Song Contest was the 65th edition of the Eurovision competition. The event took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in May 2021. It was supposed to take place in 2020, but the organisers had to cancel it until vaccines were available. As a result, only 3500 people were allowed at each of the nine shows. Moreover, due to the pandemic precautions, everyone who attended the event had to have a negative Covid-19 test.

Euro 2020

Fans of football can now rest easy as the postponed Euro 2020 is back. Most European leagues, including Bundesliga, La Liga, and Premier League were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. But with the restrictions put in place and vaccines, Euro 2020 was taking place from 11 June to 11 July 2021. Besides, UEFA confirmed that the event would still be called Euro 2020. Due to the pandemic, the players and fans had to stick to the set rules. For instance, if a team could not have the minimum required of players due to positive tests, then the match would be rescheduled within 48 hours.

Besides, all 11 host cities had allowed several fans into the stadiums, but it was not a full house. Some stadiums were expecting to fill 25% to 50% of their normal capacity. Foreign fans, on the other hand, had not been restricted from travelling to attend Euro 2020. However, they had to adhere to the travel protocols set in place.

Summer Festivals

With the spike in Covid-19 infections, some summer festivals such as Sziget and Primavera sound have been cancelled. However, others that were postponed last year will be taking place in 2021. Reading and Leeds will take place from 21 to 29 August 2021. EXIT will happen from 8 to 11 July 2021. Tomorrowland was expected to take place from 27 August to 5 September 2021 but had to be cancelled recently. Keep in mind that these events can also be cancelled at any time.

With some of these big events finally taking place, it is clear that Europe is certainly doing its best to return to normal life. However, returning to normalcy does not mean that we are clear of the virus. Those wishing to attend these events may require sticking to the rules of social distancing, a negative Covid-19 test, or proof of vaccination.   

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