The health authorities have come to the decision that the celebration of religious feasts will not be allowed this summer, marking the second consecutive year without festas due to the ongoing pandemic.
In light of this decision, the government will be meeting with Church authorities to inform them and discuss the matter whilst insisting that village feasts are not yet viable currently.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Chris Fearne had already hinted about this last week, as he unveiled the plan to ease restrictions gradually over the coming weeks. He hinted that the government and Church would be meeting for talks.
Since festas are about a week-long in Summer and invite crowds, large celebrations, and both locals and tourists, it comes as no surprise that festas would be limited or obliterated this year.
Also, one specific case of coronavirus in the Santa Venera feast last year resulted in one of the largest clusters of cases detected that summer. So, it’s only natural that health authorities are being more cautious this time round.
This decision comes as the government persistently insists that, given the situation, no mass events will be allowed to take place this summer, despite some large-scale organisers selling tickets.
However, weddings will still be allowed to take place as of June 1, but guests must be seated and the number of people attending is limited.