According to a recent Ipsos survey, Hungarians are living their lives relatively undisturbed from the pandemic. But in response to a slight increase in coronavirus infections, they are placing significantly more emphasis on protecting themselves against the virus than a month earlier, and 87 percent of them are wearing masks.
The results of the survey also show that Hungarians are going out in ever larger numbers since the quarantine restrictions have been lifted following the first wave of the epidemic. While in April 64 percent of the Hungarians said they would not use buses, trams, trains, and metros because of the virus, now only 52 percent of respondents indicated that they continue to avoid public transport if they can. However, due to the small increase in positive cases experienced recently, results show that 87 percent of Hungarians are wearing masks when going out, the highest rate of mask-wearing since the outbreak of Covid-19.
However, Budapest public transport authority BKK recently issued a statement saying that the number of passengers in compliance with the regulation that face masks are mandatory for everyone using public transport in Budapest has begun to drop. The BKK warned that those who are non-compliant will be removed from public transit.
The study also shows that with the easing of restrictions and decreasing perception of the dangers of coronavirus, the desire to travel has grown: a quarter of the adult population, nearly 1.8 million people, are still planning a holiday for the rest of the summer, but most of them will choose domestic destinations.
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