Hungary, Budapest, New Year's Eve, 2020
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The government is banning the sale and use of fireworks on New Year’s Eve in the interest of complying with the curfew and preventing large gatherings, as part of its defence against the coronavirus epidemic, the Government Information Centre said on Wednesday.

The centre noted in a statement that the sale of firecrackers in Hungary is only allowed at the end of the year.

The government decree on the fireworks ban will soon be published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny, it added. Those found in violation of the ban face a fine of up to 150,000 forints (EUR 422), the centre said.

The current curfew between 8pm and 5am will stay in place on Dec. 31, with a ban on New Year’s Eve parties, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said.

Daily News Hungary
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