The World Well being Group (WHO) warned this week that the pandemic was not even near being over, however within the Czech Republic, a celebration has been held to provide the coronavirus a “symbolic farewell”.
1000’s of visitors sat at a 500 metre-long (1640ft) desk on the Charles Bridge in Prague on Tuesday sharing meals and drinks that they had introduced from residence.
Company have been inspired to share with their neighbours and there was no social distancing, one thing folks in international locations beneath lockdown will discover exhausting to narrate to.
There have been fewer than 12,000 infections within the Czech Republic, a rustic of 10 million. About 350 folks have died.
The occasion’s organiser stated the celebration was attainable as a result of a scarcity of vacationers within the famously charming metropolis.
Pictures from the celebration present folks sat carefully collectively, consuming and watching native performers.
Ondrej Kobza, organiser of the celebration and proprietor of a restaurant within the metropolis, informed the AFP information company: “We need to have fun the top of the coronavirus disaster by letting folks meet and present they aren’t afraid to satisfy, that they aren’t afraid to take a chunk of a sandwich from their neighbour.”
Areas for the occasion, which needed to be reserved, have been totally booked.
One attendee, Galina Khomchenko-Krejcikova, stated she discovered the occasion on Fb and “thought it was fascinating”.
“I simply completed an evening shift so I did not have time to organize something,” she stated. “However we introduced some wine and snacks we discovered at residence.”
The Czech Republic was fast to implement a lockdown and has managed to keep away from the worst of the pandemic.
Final week, the federal government permitted public gatherings of as much as 1,000 folks. Swimming swimming pools, museums, zoos and castles can now open with out limits on the variety of guests.
Eating places, bars and pubs have been allowed to serve folks indoors for a month now.
‘A way of optimism’
Rob Cameron, BBC Prague correspondent
Above the music and the clinking of cutlery one heard a most uncommon sound for this iconic landmark: folks talking Czech.
Largely freed from overseas vacationers, Charles Bridge was reworked on this gloriously sunny night into one lengthy eating desk – as folks gathered to mark what organisers described as the top of a interval of disaster, though everybody right here freely admitted that such celebrations may nicely change into untimely.
Actually nonetheless there’s a sense right here that by means of swift and decisive motion Czechs have dodged a bullet.
Stress-free the lockdown has not despatched the numbers hovering; there are a number of native outbreaks removed from Prague, which is just recording round 15 infections a day. There was a palpable sense of optimism on the bridge this night as folks remembered what it was like… to reside once more.
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