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Coronavirus: Cabinet Soon to Revise Shopping Times Restrictions

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.06.15.

The cabinet is expected to decide on Wednesday whether to amend the restrictions on shopping times reserved for people aged above 65, the chief medical officer said on Monday.

“The aim is to return to a normal course of life also in this area,” Cecília Müller told an online press conference of the operative board coordinating Hungary’s response to the epidemic.

Starting on Monday, all health services are once again available to the public without restrictions, she said.

Some 80 percent of hospital beds formerly reserved for novel coronavirus patients can be used for other purposes but 20 percent still need to be maintained for coronavirus patients, the chief medical officer added.

Restrictions on hospital visits have been partially lifted, with hospital directors still having the right to specify detailed rules.

Operative board spokesman Róbert Kiss told the same press conference that family gatherings of not more than 200 participants for weddings and funerals are now also allowed in Budapest. Live music is also allowed for such events, he added.

Commenting on recent reports of spike in the number of infections reported in Ukraine and Romania, he said the borders in question were being monitored on an ongoing basis. Non-Hungarian citizens are still not allowed to enter Hungary except for citizens of countries that have signed bilateral agreements, he said. Entry from Romania and Ukraine is only allowed for farm workers, certain people in possession of a special permit and those travelling on to western Europe, he added.

Featured photo by Gergely Botár/kormany.hu


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