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Four Million People Vaccinated: Here Are the New Rules

Hungary Today 2021.05.01.

As the number of people who have received at least the first dose of the vaccine against the Covid-19 virus passed 4 million on Friday, new eased restrictions have entered force.

Starting Saturday, catering businesses will open their indoor sections, hotels, theaters, cinemas, libraries, gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, sports events, and several other venues will all be available to those who have vaccination certificates.

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The new rules that apply from Saturday, May 1st:

  • The night-time curfew will start at midnight and end at 5am; shops will be allowed to stay open until 11pm.
  • People holding vaccination certificates will be allowed to use indoor areas of catering establishments until 11pm, as well as hotels where they can be accompanied by children.
  • Venues offering leisure activities that were shut in November will reopen to vaccination certificate holders, including zoos, wildlife parks, museums, theatres, cinemas and libraries.
  • Gyms, swimming pools and skating rinks will also reopen to certificate holders and to all professional sportspeople aged under 18.
  • Sports events can be visited by certificate holders and accompanied minors until 11pm and they will not be expected to wear face masks.
  • Venue operators will check the validity of visitors’ vaccination certificates; failing to do so they can face fines ranging between 100,000 forints (EUR 280) and 1 million forints or their businesses can be closed for up to one year.
  • The obligation to wear masks will remain in force in public areas, on public transport and in shops.
  • In catering establishments and other venues, staff not holding vaccination certificates will be expected to wear masks.

Featured photo illustration by Attila Balázs/MTI