Hungary to allow outdoor dining after 3.5 mln are inoculated

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Outdoor dining will be allowed again after 3.5 million Hungarians are inoculated against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message on Facebook, after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"When we reach that mark, and I hope we can by the middle of next week, by Wednesday or Thursday, terraces can open, and we'll get back a piece of our old lives," Orbán said.

To make things easier for catering businesses, he said terrace fees would be scrapped.

Dining in at restaurants has been prohibited since November to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Orbán said the vaccine rollout was moving forward "well" and "quickly".

Orbán said kindergarteners and lower-level primary school pupils would return to their schools on April 19, while upper-level primary school pupils would return to their brick-and-mortar classrooms on May 10, along with secondary school students.

"We can only proceed gradually and with caution," he said, asking for the patience and understanding of parents.

Hungarian primary school students have been learning in digital classrooms since early March. Secondary school students moved to online classrooms in November.

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