Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, has confirmed that all public events lined up for the August 20 national holiday have been cancelled in light of coronavirus protection measures.
Minister Gulyás said that the events would have included an air show and fireworks in the evening, but large gatherings increased the risk of intensifying the spread of the coronavirus so they will not go ahead.
The minister expressed regret over the cancellation, adding that stock already purchased for the festivities would be used next year. The oath-taking ceremony of graduate officers will go ahead, he added.
Minister Gulyás noted that the number of active coronavirus infections in Hungary is gradually dropping. Hungary is one of the safest and most protected countries against the virus in the region, he said.