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Forrás: hungarytoday.hu, 4 March 2021 - MTI
Hungary will close almost all shops and services for two weeks along with kindergartens and primary schools for the next month in an effort to tackle the third wave of coronavirus infections, the prime minister’s chief of staff announced on Thursday.
 
 

Shops, with the exception of food stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, will have to be closed and services, with the exception of private health care, suspended between March 8 and 22, Gergely Gulyás told a weekly press briefing. Kindergartens and primary schools will be closed from March 8 until April 7, he said.

Gyms will also be closed for two weeks, but licenced athletes will be allowed to train and compete behind closed doors, Gulyás said. Parks will be allowed to stay open and outdoor sports will also be allowed for activities in which people can maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres, he said.

The government asks employers to ensure that their employees can work from home wherever possible, particularly in the case of those with children, Gulyás said.
 

Mask-wearing remains mandatory outdoors, he said. Gulyás also said that Hungary will impose tighter controls on its borders, adding, however that freight and transit traffic will not be restricted.

Wage subsidies and tax cuts introduced for the hospitality industry will be expanded for the period of the lockdown to all sectors forced to shut down by the new measures, Gulyás said.

The decision is based on extensive cooperation with mathematicians, doctors, epidemiologists and other experts. “The numbers are clear,” he said.

The pandemic is spreading faster and faster, and its reproduction rate in Hungary is one of the highest in Europe.

The third wave is expected to be stronger than either of the previous waves, Gulyás said. He added, however, that another “new feature” was that vaccines were at hand and that the inoculation of citizens was proceeding well.

“We can say for certain” that Hungary is currently third in Europe regarding the inoculation rate, and is expected to top that list by next week, the minister said.

However, that pace is still not enough to curb the spread of new mutant variants, he said.
 

Mask-wearing remains mandatory outdoors, he said. Gulyás also said that Hungary will impose tighter controls on its borders, adding, however that freight and transit traffic will not be restricted.

Wage subsidies and tax cuts introduced for the hospitality industry will be expanded for the period of the lockdown to all sectors forced to shut down by the new measures, Gulyás said.

The decision is based on extensive cooperation with mathematicians, doctors, epidemiologists and other experts. “The numbers are clear,” he said.

The pandemic is spreading faster and faster, and its reproduction rate in Hungary is one of the highest in Europe.

The third wave is expected to be stronger than either of the previous waves, Gulyás said. He added, however, that another “new feature” was that vaccines were at hand and that the inoculation of citizens was proceeding well.

“We can say for certain” that Hungary is currently third in Europe regarding the inoculation rate, and is expected to top that list by next week, the minister said.

However, that pace is still not enough to curb the spread of new mutant variants, he said.