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Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony on Thursday said the time had come to start unshuttering the capital.

Responding to charges of dithering, the mayor wrote on Facebook: “When I draft a programme entitled ‘Budapest Restart: Proposals for a responsible reopening of the capital’, which part of that don’t they understand?”

“The government either doesn’t have the balls [to do it] or is punishing Budapest residents on a political basis,” the mayor said. “Come to think of it, I don’t even know which is worse.”

Coronavirus: Budapest Mayor Proposes Package to Reopen Capital

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a press conference earlier in the day that the government was weighing easing some restrictions in Budapest. He said the government had sought the opinion of Budapest district residents before consulting virologists. The final decision is in the hands of the operative board coordinating the response to the epidemic, Gulyás said.

Many district mayors “have expressed their opinions very clearly, while Budapest Mayor Karácsony seems to have no clear-cut view on the matter”, Gulyas said. The government will take responsibility for the decision, Gulyás added.

Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI