EU officials face social restrictions at COP26: Report

European Union officials attending the COP26 U.N. climate summit starting in Glasgow later this month will be restricted to attending only essential events to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which is surging again in the U.K., news wire Bloomberg reported Saturday.

Two officials attending the conference told Bloomberg the EU will not host its annual reception and guidelines have been issued for socializing. One official said invitations to events will be assessed closely and that the EU has scaled back the number of officials attending the conference by 20-30 percent. If necessary, EU-hosted events will be held online, instead of following the planned hybrid format, the report said.

The European Commission declined POLITICO’s request for comment.

The United Kingdom is experiencing a resurgence in new COVID-19 cases, with an infection rate over three-times the EU average.

All delegates attending COP26 are expected to sign up to a COVID-19 code of conduct and undergo daily tests. Those coming from countries on the U.K.’s “red list” of high-risk countries will also have to undergo quarantine. British authorities have worked to offer vaccines to delegates “that would otherwise not be able to access them.”



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