Hungary Tightens Restrictions Due To Rapidly Rising Infections

  • 4 Mar 2021 12:02 PM
Hungary Tightens Restrictions Due To Rapidly Rising Infections
The following new decisions were made immediately after the deteriorating data and the vaccine situation became clear this week, the Head of the PM's Office just announced.

Here are the key measures Gergely Gulyás revealed today:

1. Kindergartens and primary schools will be closed until April 7. The details of digital education are being worked out.

2. Most shops must close for two weeks from March 8 to March 22, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores and petrol stations.

3. All personal services such as hairdressers, massage etc must also close during the same two-week period, except for private health care services.

3. Gyms must be totally closed for the two weeks, and sports matches and training sessions of certified athletes can only be held behind closed doors.

4. Parks and arboretums can remain open, and outdoor sports activities are possible with social distancing of 1.5 m in place.

5. The use of masks outdoors is mandatory everywhere.

6. Everyone is asked to work from home wherever possible.

7. Border crossings will be tightened for passenger traffic.

8. Existing wage subsidies and tax breaks for the hotel and catering industry will be extended to all sectors that now need to close.

HVG asked the government about if post offices and bank branches will also be closed, and they were told they will have to wait for the detailed rules to come out in the near future.

The reopening will start on March 22, most probably, said Gulyás, who encouraged everyone to take part in the National Consultation because the opinion of respondents will count on this topic.

The National Consultation is open for eligible respondents until 15 March.

Gulyás added that if they did not act now, the country could only be restarted later than planned.


MTI Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák

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