On Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a series of new restrictions. The measures, including a night curfew between 8 pm and 5 am are effective from Wednesday at midnight. With the introduction of the curfew, Budapest streets are empty at night, with the police and heavily armed counter-terrorist (TEK) units appearing to make sure citizens are complying with the rules. We have compiled a photo gallery of the empty streets of the capital.
Hungary’s government announced the introduction of stricter restrictive measures in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, in order to help the increasingly overburdened healthcare sector, as hospitals struggle to handle the growing caseload.
From Wednesday midnight, there is a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am, which means that everyone has to get home by 8 pm. There are cases of exemption from the curfew, including work and traveling to and from work, which needs to be proven. People can also leave their homes in the event of a situation threatening damage to health, danger to life or serious injury, and for the purpose of protecting life. Professional athletes can also leave their place of residence for training and sporting events held during the curfew. Dog walking is also permitted within 500 meters of the place of residence.
featured photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI