The thermal baths of Hungary are gradually reopening, but what about its beaches?
Many thermal baths in Budapest already reopened back in February with a small asterisk. Only therapeutical sessions became available for the public.
Since then, a number of baths received the green light to greet patients and anyone keen on spending a day in lovely warm water.
With the 1st of May, the following thermal baths reopened in the capital: Széchenyi, Gellért, Rudas, Lukács, Paskál, and the Csillaghegyi Árpád Forrásfürdő.
With the weekend of Pentecost, Palatinus beach and the bath of Pesterzsébet will follow. Finally, at the beginning of June, Dandár Bath, Pünkösfürdő, and Római Beach will all be available.
It is important to note, however, that based on a government decree, those over the age of 18 need to have an unexpired, valid immunity certificate. For those who are under the age of 18 or arrive with an official document signed by their doctor referring them to any kind of treatment provided by the bath, the little plastic card will not be necessary. Nevertheless, the use of a mask covering their nose and mouth will be obligatory. Minors will only be able to enter the premises with the supervision of an adult who has an immunity certificate in their possession. The document will be checked, and the temperature of every guest will be taken at the entrance. It is important to keep in mind that
the immunity certificate will only be valid together with an identity card or a passport.
Furthermore, we received some very good news. The Lupa Beach at the shore of Lake Lupa is planned to reopen on the 19th of May. Moreover, as opposed to Budapest’s thermal baths,
showing your immunity certificate at the entrance will not be a condition to enter.
“Since Lake Lupa is an outdoor beach, operating with natural water, a sports centre, and open-air hospitality areas with terraces, it is open to absolutely everyone, without the need to have an immunity certificate. Rules and safety measures set up by the operator and the government decrees will be followed and complied with, of course,” quotes hvg.hu the announcement of Lupa Beach.
The lake itself is currently a location for the European Aquatics Championships hosted by Budapest. Open water swimming races are being organised, that is why the lake will not be open to the public before the 19th.
During the whole of the first week following the championships, however, including the long weekend of Pentecost, the entry will be completely free for everyone.