According to a government decree effective from midnight on Tuesday November 11th, wearing masks is mandatory in “certain public areas” of cities with more than ten thousand inhabitants. The decree leaves it up to the local mayors to interpret the term “certain public areas” in their own municipalities and designate the areas where masks are mandatory. We’ve gathered the places for which the mayors already made decisions. During sports, as well as in parks and green areas, masks are still not mandatory, but recommended in many places.
In Budapest, mayors of the districts can create their own rules, and they did so in several places immediately. However, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony indicated that he wanted uniform regulation throughout the capital and initiated consultations with district leaders. Most mayors who made a quick decision to make wearing masks universally mandatory in their district, argued that it was unrealistic to expect people to know on which streets masks are mandatory or not. Therefore, mask wearing is mandatory for II, III, V, VI, VII, IX, XI, XIII, XIV, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII and XXIII districts.
In other places, mask wearing is only mandatory in some areas for the time being. In the IV district, mask wearing is mandatory within 20 meters from the entrance of nurseries, kindergartens, schools, shops, post offices, and churches, and within 50 meters from the entrance of medical offices, pedestrian crossings, playgrounds, dog runs, in front of the entrance of the Újpest Market and on the promenade of the Káposztásmegyer housing estate. In the XVI district, mask wearing is mandatory within 15 meters from the entrance of nurseries, kindergartens, schools, shops, post offices, churches, playgrounds, and dog runs. Negotiations are still ongoing in the other districts, in the meantime it is recommended to wear a mask everywhere.
The decision was made in many places in rural cities as well- mandatory mask wearing is prescribed in Szeged, Pécs, Győr, Miskolc, Kaposvár, Sopron, Kecskemét, Nagykanizsa, Szekszárd, Salgótarján, Nyíregyháza, and Békéscsaba. In Kaposvár, Miskolc, Szekszárd, Nagykanizsa, and Szolnok, mask wearing is mandatory from Thursday, in Békéscsaba the mask is obligatory only from Friday midnight in all public areas and places.
In Sopron, masks must be worn from Wednesday in the entire inner part of the city, except in playgrounds and dog runs, which according to the city, are considered green areas. In Székesfehérvár, on the other hand, masks are mandatory in playgrounds (for adults accompanying children) and dog runs. Otherwise, masks are only mandatory in the historical city center, as well as at bus stops and railway stations. In Debrecen, the provision is not complete: from Thursday, masks must only be worn on playgrounds, as well as at markets and fairs.
In Eger, the use of masks was made mandatory for the 5-meter area of shops, markets, and institutions, as well as for bus stops. In Hódmezővásárhely, wearing a mask is mandatory at the market, railway and bus stations, and at bus stops. In Szombathely, it is mandatory in the main square and its surroundings, as well as in the 10-meter area of bus stops, in the 10-meter area of the entrance of nurseries, kindergartens, and primary schools for children’s caregivers, and in shops and shopping malls.
In Tatabánya, masks should only be worn while waiting in markets and on public transport. It is mandatory to wear a mask in Tata at bus stops, in the shops’ own car parks, and in the city market. In Veszprém, from Thursday morning, it is mandatory to wear a mask in the city center, at bus stops, at bus and train stations, in car parks, and in the area of the market hall.
Differentiated rules have also been introduced in Gödöllő, where masks are mandatory on playgrounds and in dog runs, as well as in the market (including open-air sales outlets), open-air waiting areas for public transport, and in the schools’ area from 7 am to 8 am and from 3 to 5 pm.
In Dunakeszi, masks are mandatory in the part of Casalgrande Square bordered by stairs, as well as at bus stops and train stations. In Hatvan, in order to slow down the spread of the epidemic, the use of masks is now mandatory at bus stops, playgrounds, and markets.
In Solymár, Balatonalmádi, and Szentes, on the other hand, the mayors decided that inhabitants do not have to wear a mask in public places for the time being.
It is still not mandatory to wear a mask during sports activities or in parks and green areas. Furthermore, children under the age of six do not have to wear a mask either.
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