The dramatic repercussions of the explosion in gas and electricity prices in Hungary are detailed in an article from the portal Telex, who observes: “The energy crisis paralyzes half the country.” Thus, the theaters of Szolnok, Eger, Sopron and Bekzscsaba “will remain closed all winter”, just like the Erkel Theater in Budapest, “closed since the beginning of November”.
Many municipalities reserve the same fate for museums, “including in the affluent towns of Tatabanya and Sopron”. Cities and regions “often only maintain a library in use”, like that of Bekescsaba, “which only opens two Saturdays a month” and whose “local branches are all closed”.
The schools have “deleted” holiday All Saints, “extension” Christmas holidays and “lower the heating to save money”, while establishments “were closed and consolidated into a single building in Veszprem and Kecskemet”. The universities “will organize the December partials online or in high schools”. The explosion in energy prices is also causing the “closure of 366 postal agencies”, of “10% of kormanyablak” (place where you settle your administrative formalities) and “64 of the 141 public swimming pools in the territory”, enumerates Telex.
Unheard of, except during the pandemic
In Szeged, the Anna thermal baths “will not reopen until spring” and the famous troglodyte baths of Miskolctapolca were “rescued from closure by local entrepreneurs in the tourism sector”. Football is not spared. The Budapest Honvéd stadium closes during the cold season, as do those of the Debrecen and Szekesfehervar clubs, “heated enough so that the pipes do not freeze”. Finally, the mythical Hauer pastry shop in Budapest, the very popular Lover hotel in Sopron and the Danubius Hungaria, the largest hotel in the country, “have also temporarily ceased their activity” due to the energy situation.
“Never since the introduction of gas and electricity have so many establishments closed at the same time in Hungary, except during the Covid-19 pandemic”, comment Telex. If this trend “hits the province harder than Budapest”, number of contractors “have probably pulled the curtain down for good” and “it is quite possible that part of the public buildings will not reopen because of the recession which is looming”, says the site.