Malta’s summer is one of the most referred seasons, for both locals and tourists alike. The Maltese summer is synonymous with bright and shiny days, beautiful weather, night life and BBQs. As the end of September looms and the weather becomes grey for a number of hours, we can slowly feel winter sleeking in. Although we are accustomed to the cold weather, this winter will be different with all that which is happening around us. In this article, we shall be discussing some of the things which can potentially take centre stage, this coming winter.
There is a lot of suspense surrounding the colder weather. Will the COVID-19 pandemic spread faster during the colder winter months? Will the colder weather imply more restrictions going forward? The cold weather also brings forth the influenza season, and when combined with the current pandemic, we are still yet to see the potential impacts.
The approach of winter signals the start for a new academic year. This is indeed one of the most delicate periods. As we step into the unknown, anxiety spikes and having children attending schools again may pose a problem with new cases, leading to more deaths. With all this uncertainty, it is quite understandable to see why many parents are still undecided on whether they should be sending their children to school.
Many were confident to visit restaurants during summer due to the fact that they could opt to stay seated outside. The Maltese weather allows one to dine outside for a number of months, however in the colder weeks, this becomes problematic. Will people still feel comfortable dining out during the cold winter?
One of the most awaited times of the year. Christmas is definitely the time for cheer, with shopping and several gatherings. In view of the situation, this Christmas will undoubtedly be hindered, unless an exceptionally material development takes place. Gatherings are restricted and people will not experience the usual Christmas with several parties.
Will we have an ace up our sleeve this coming winter? With several vaccine candidates in phase three trials, winter may be a realistic timeline to have a COVID-19 vaccine ready for distribution. Will this winter welcome a solution to the problem we have been facing for months now? Time will tell.
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