A Westmeath man living in Munich says the country is imposing new restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
Banning fireworks displays for New Years Eve is one of the more unusual ways the German government is trying to contain the spread of Covid.
Westmeath's Frank McGlynn is living in Munich and says the country is enforcing strict guidelines such as reduced capacity gatherings and banning unvaccinated citizens from non-essential activities.
Incoming chancellor Olaf Sholz is also pledging to vaccinate 30 million people by year's end and introduce mandatory vaccination from early 2022.
The Tang man says the rules are there to discourage large scale socialising: