Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Facebook on Wednesday he was ready for talks with district mayors to coordinate coronavirus-related measures.
Karácsony said it was “absurd” that each district should define their own rules on wearing masks in public areas, arguing that this made it “nearly impossible” to adopt consistent regulations for the whole of the city.
The mayor also slammed the government for failing to address among its recent restrictions issues around testing, both in terms of the need to increase it, as well as offering free screening to creche, kindergarten, and school staff.
“While we are supposed to be saving lives, the government is focused on saving its assets” through new legislation, Karácsony said.
“While we should be reining in the epidemic, the government is working to curb the opposition’s chances by amending the election law,” he added.
Karácsony said the city of Budapest would continue its efforts to step up screening in seniors’ homes and making preparations to test teachers and other school staff in cooperation with the districts.