Budapest’s mayor, Gergely Karácsony, is convening a special meeting of the Budapest General Assembly next Monday with a view to ramping up protective measures against the coronavirus epidemic.
Proposals include tightening rules on mask-wearing and clamping down on people who refuse to wear a mask with stricter penalties, the Mayor’s Office said in a statement on Thursday.
Masks covering the nose and mouth should be worn in cinemas and theatres and other similar enclosed public spaces, according to the proposal.
Also, fines of up to 50,000 forints will be payable if warnings by public inspectors to abide by the rules go unheeded.
The General Assembly, acting on a proposal of Béla Merkely, the head of Semmelweis University, will decide on the provision of regular free coronavirus testing for employees of elderly care homes in the capital. Also, the government will be called on to introduce similar measures for people working in public education and health care.
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