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HUF 8,000 Fine for Not Wearing Mask on Budapest Public Transport

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.09.09.

Any passengers in Budapest who travel without wearing a mask or wearing it incorrectly, may be fined by HUF 8000, according to a recent decision by the Budapest municipal council.

At their meeting, the Budapest Operative board responsible for coordinating the capital’s Covid-19 response consulted with Gyula Kincses, President of the Hungarian Medical Chamber, on possible measures to slow down the spread of the virus, what to pay special attention to in terms of prevention, and studied the analysis of public data regarding coronavirus cases commissioned by the government, the Mayor’s Office said on Tuesday.

Passengers Without Masks to be Removed from Budapest Public Transport
Passengers Without Masks to be Removed from Budapest Public Transport

Due to the ongoing pandemic, face masks have become mandatory for everyone using public transport in Budapest. As the number of passengers who comply with the regulations has started to recently drop, Budapest public transport authority BKK has issued a statement warning that those who are non-compliant will be removed from the vehicles. Anyone who […]Continue reading

After the meeting, the Budapest municipal council decided to introduce further steps in an attempt to control the epidemic. In addition to the ban on leaving and visiting social institutions, the protection of cultural institutions has also been strengthened. A decision has also been made to increase the testing capacity in the capital’s social institutions, homeless care, and elderly care.

The Budapest municipal council has also ordered that from now on, passengers who do not wear a mask or wear it incorrectly on Budapest public transport may be fined HUF 8,000 by the inspectors in addition to being removed from the vehicles.

Furthermore, everyone must wear masks in markets, cultural institutions maintained by the capital, museums, archives, libraries, cinemas, theaters, the Budapest Cultural Center, and the enclosed premises of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Featured photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI 


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