Decree Codifies Rules on Partial Reopening

The conditions for starting the first stage of a phased reopening in Hungary have been codified in a decree published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

The decree stipulates that the first stage of easing coronavirus restrictions can begin once 2.5 million people have received their first Covid-19 shot, the government portal said over the weekend. The evening-night curfew will then be shortened to between 10pm and 5am. Also, shops will have to set a limit of one customer per 10 square metres, except in the cases of children under the age of 14, people over the age of 65 and those assisting someone with a disability. Shops will have to ensure that those waiting to be let in can keep a safe distance of 1.5 metres from each other, with the exception of those living in the same household. Customers must also have access to hand sanitation, and shopping carts and trolleys must be disinfected on a regular basis.

Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, confirmed on Saturday that schools will reopen on April 19. Teachers who have already registered for the Covid vaccine will be inoculated between April 1 and 3, while those who registered later will get the shot between April 8 and 10, he said.


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