Gov't extends lockdown, sets criterion for easing

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Hungary's government has extended tighter pandemic restrictions regarding non-essential businesses and a move to digital classrooms, while at the same time setting a threshold for the start of the lifting of those restrictions in decrees published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

One of the decrees extends the period non-essential businesses must remain closed to contain the spread of the coronavirus for another week, until April 8. It also extends the period during which primary and secondary school students continue instruction in digital classrooms, while kindergarteners have an extraordinary recess, until April 19.

Another decree links the start of the easing of restrictions to a point in time when 2.5 million Hungarians have received their first jab of coronavirus vaccine. After that time, the evening curfew will be shortened by two hours to between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., while shops and service providers will be able to do business between 5 a.m. in the morning until 9:30 p.m. The easing applies to non-essential businesses, too, with the exception of catering businesses; however, proprietors must ensure a limit of one customer per ten square meters on business premises.

Sanctions for violations of the rules range from HUF 100,000 to HUF 1 million, and violators may be shut down for a period of between one day and one year.

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