The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week that the pandemic was not even close to ending, but in the Czech Republic, a party was held to give the coronavirus a “symbolic farewell”.
Thousands of guests sat on a 500-meter (1,640-foot) table on Charles Bridge in Prague on Tuesday, sharing the food and drink they had brought from home.
Guests were encouraged to share with their neighbors, and there was no social distancing, which people in blockaded countries will find hard to understand.
There have been fewer than 12,000 infections in the Czech Republic, a country of 10 million people. About 350 people died.
The event organizer said the celebration was possible due to the lack of tourists in the famous charming city.
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Images of the celebration show people sitting together drinking and watching local artists.
Guests were entertained by local musicians during the party
Ondrej Kobza, party organizer and owner of a city cafe, told AFP news agency: “We want to celebrate the end of the coronavirus crisis by allowing people to come together and demonstrate that they are not afraid to meet, not afraid to grab a piece of your neighbor’s sandwich. ”
The event spaces, which had to be reserved, were fully reserved.
The celebration comes as the Czech Republic continues to ease blockade restrictions
An assistant, Galina Khomchenko-Krejcikova, said she found the event on Facebook and “thought it was interesting”.
“I just finished a night shift, so I didn’t have time to prepare anything,” he said. “But we brought wine and snacks that we found at home.”
People were told to bring food and drink from home and share it with the people around them.
The Czech Republic hastened to impose a blockade and managed to avoid the worst of the pandemic.
Last week, the government authorized public rallies of up to 1,000 people. Swimming pools, museums, zoos and castles can now open without limit on the number of visitors.
Restaurants, bars and pubs were allowed to serve people indoors for a month.
“A sense of optimism”
Rob Cameron, BBC correspondent in Prague
Above the music and the tinkling of silverware, a very unusual sound was heard for this emblematic monument: the Czech-speaking people.
Largely free of foreign tourists, the Charles Bridge turned into a glorious sunny afternoon into a long dining table as people gathered to mark what the organizers described as the end of a period crisis, although everyone freely admitted that such celebrations could turn out to be premature
Certainly, however, one has the feeling that thanks to a quick and decisive action, the Czechs dodged a bullet.
Releasing the lock did not send the numbers; There are several local epidemics far from Prague, which registers only fifteen infections per day. There was a feeling of palpable optimism on deck this evening when people remembered what it was … to relive.