Operative Corps to weigh chamber proposal on shopper limits

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The Operative Corps, the body coordinating Hungary's response to the pandemic, will weigh a proposal by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKIK) to reopen non-essential businesses but limit the number of in-store customers at a meeting early Friday, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

The proposal would limit customer numbers at shops and businesses providing services to one per ten square meters, Gulyás said. He added that the possibility the measure would result in long lines in front of shops in the run-up to the Easter holiday must be considered.

The government has ordered non-essential businesses to close between March 8 and 29 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Gulyás said the government decided that schools - including secondary schools - could re-open within one week after the number of inoculated Hungarians reaches 2.5 million.

"According to our calculations at present, that means they can open on April 12 or April 19 at the earliest," he added.

He said teachers would be vaccinated, on a voluntary basis, before returning to schools.

Secondary school students moved back to digital classrooms in November. Online learning was re-introduced for primary school students from March 8 until April 7, the end of the Easter break.

So far, 1,747,519 Hungarians have had their first jab of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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