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Coronavirus – Press: Smaller Shops, Restaurants to Reopen from Next Week, Face Masks Could Be Mandatory

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.04.28.

Starting next week, smaller shops that have been closed for weeks may reopen, while hotels, restaurants, and cafés will also gradually open, pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet reports. In addition, using face masks will likely be mandatory and the time period reserved for the elderly to go shopping at grocery stores may also be rescheduled.

Similar to the current regulation in Budapest, the government might order the use of mandatory face masks (or the use of equipment covering the nose and mouth) when entering a commercial space, or when visiting shopping centers or petrol stations starting from next week.

Stores that have been closed for weeks due to the lack of customers, such as clothing and shoe stores, toy and bookstores, may reopen next month. Outlet stores, however, will be required to reorganize in order for customers to maintain a minimum distance of one and a half meters, the paper writes.

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According to the paper, it is possible that based on the size of grocery stores, it will also be calculated how many customers can be in the same place at the same time.

Currently, elderly people can do their grocery shopping only between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. – that time period will also be modified.

The opening hours of commercial spaces may also change, compared to today. Right now, most shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs are only allowed to remain open from 6 am until 3 pm, while restaurants can still prepare meals for take-away after 3. Food stores, pharmacies, drug stores, gas stations, and tobacco shops are currently the only exception.

Hotels and restaurants may also gradually start opening in May, able to receive guests while keeping a safe distance and people wearing face masks.

Featured photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI