Wearing masks has become mandatory at open-air events, including sports events, in line with a government decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Thursday evening.
Those that don’t observe the new regulations will be fined, including event organisers.
The government’s decision came as sudden and unexpected, as only a few hours prior to the announcement (and just after the latest meeting of the Orbán government), the head of the Prime Minister’s Office did not disclose any information about the forthcoming change in regulation. In fact, at his regular press briefing, Gergely Gulyás said the government thought that the actual restrictions were enough to contain the pandemic and they were not planning any new measures.
A few hours later, however, pro-government portal Origo wrote that wearing masks would become mandatory at open-air events, “in line with a government decree to be published in the near future.”
Only a little later, the government decree was published in the official gazette, but no other public announcement was made about the stricter regulation.
Featured photo illustration by MTI/BME/János Philip