Montenegro bans New Year’s Eve concerts and celebrations

Montenegro will ban concerts and celebrations for New Year’s Eve as part of new COVID measures that will come into force Monday. [Shutterstock / Olena Z]

Montenegro will ban concerts and celebrations for New Year’s Eve as part of new COVID measures that will come into force Monday, which will also ban wedding parties and force nightclubs to shut down. Restaurants and bars, however, will be allowed to stay open until midnight.

“The epidemiological situation does not allow for such gatherings. The situation may change, but I do not believe that it will change in such a short period of time to allow gatherings in squares,” Health Minister Jelena Borovinić-Bojović told reporters when asked if the decision could be changed in December.

Mrs Borovinić-Bojović said that the national digital COVID certificate is mandatory for entry into Montenegro, entry into hospitality establishments, and attending shows and sporting events. She added that the government is considering the possibility of making the COVID certificate mandatory for all public administration staff, including those working in healthcare, education, the police and the military, as of 1 December.

“All the people who have died in Montenegro since 1 May, and who were below the age of 40, were not vaccinated,” the health minister said, appealing to citizens to observe the restrictions and get vaccinated.

In the last 24 hours, seven more people died from COVID-19.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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