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Most Covid Restrictions to Be Lifted in Hungary After 5 Million Vaccinations

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.22.

Hungary will lift most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions once five million people have been vaccinated, the government portal kormany.hu said on Friday.

Because it remains necessary to lift restrictions at a gradual pace, some of them will only be lifted for those who are immune to the virus, according to the portal.

Once vaccinations reach five million, the night-time curfew, the rules on outdoor mask-wearing and social distancing will be lifted effective of the next consecutive day.

However, physical distancing and mask-wearing will remain mandatory in shopping malls. Masks will also be required in enclosed areas in which people with Covid immunity may mix with people who haven’t been inoculated against the virus, such as on public transport and in shops, the government portal said.

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Those between the ages of 16 and 18 will be allowed into restaurants without an adult accompanying them if they have an immunity certificate.

Wedding receptions will be limited to 200 people, while up to 50 people can attend private and family events. This restriction does not apply to wedding ceremonies or funerals.

Cultural events, with the exception of music and dance events, sporting events, indoor events and outdoor events with more than 500 people can be attended by those with immunity certificates and accompanied minors. Only people with vaccination certificates can attend music and dance events.

Professional athletes who are not immune to the virus will be allowed to compete at outdoor events with more than 500 people.

Outdoor events not considered family, private, cultural, sporting, music or dance events with less than 500 people can also be attended by those without an immunity certificate. If more people are present, the event can only be attended by those who are immune as well as minors accompanied by immune adults. If the event is organized indoors, it can only be attended by adults with immunity certificates and accompanied minors.

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Unannounced gatherings remain banned.

The decree on the next stage of Hungary’s reopening to be published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny will enter into force the day after the 5 millionth Covid vaccine is administered. Restrictions on gatherings, however, will expire after June 14.

Featured photo illustration by Tamás Vasvári/MTI