Gov't to enforce reopening rules compliance with sanctions


Downtown Budapest before the pandemic.

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Hungary's government will enforce compliance with rules allowing access to some services for holders of certificates showing COVID immunity with tough sanctions, details for reopening posted on the government's website show.

The government will reopen a broad range of services to Hungarians with immunity certificates after 4 million people in the country have been inoculated, a threshold Prime Minister Viktor Orbán earlier said could be reached by Wednesday or Thursday. After that time, people with immunity certificates may return to theaters, dance performances, concerts, the circus, cinemas, gyms, swimming pools, baths, skating rinks, zoos, amusement parks, museums, libraries, and sporting events.

The details of the planned measures show service providers will be responsible for ensuring customers have a valid immunity certificate. Failure to comply could result in fines of between HUF 100,000 and HUF 1 million, and forced closure for periods up to one year.

A decree detailing the "third phase" of the lifting of pandemic restrictions was published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Monday.


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