From today, the use of masks is mandatory not only in shops and public transport, but also in cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, health and social care institutions, and customer reception offices. Furthermore, from 21st September all catering and entertainment establishments must close at 11 pm; meanwhile, the duration of official home quarantine is shortened to ten days instead of fourteen.
The Hungarian Government decided on 16th September that stricter rules would come into force from today. Accordingly:
Wearing a mask is mandatory not only in shops and public transport, but also in cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, health and social care institutions, and customer reception offices;
Nightclubs, catering and entertainment facilities will be open until 11 pm;
The price of the coronavirus test will not exceed EUR 54 (~HUF 19,500);
From 1st October, besides children’s, the temperature of pedagogues will also be checked.
As the Hungarian news portal Index reports, according to the new rules, wearing a mask is mandatory before take-off, and even at the railway station or stop, or in any room where they are waiting for a means of transport. Except for children under the age of six, the rule applies to everyone. Violators may be fined or excluded from the trip, and police action may be requested in case of confrontation.
The quarantine period will also change from today: the mandatory fourteen days of official quarantine is shortened to ten days,
because ten days are considered to be enough to recognise coronavirus symptoms, as the incubation period is five to six days.
Presumably, the pandemic will reach its peak in December-January. Therefore, experts ask everyone to keep a social distance; wash their hands often and thoroughly; strictly obey the officially ordered home quarantine after staying abroad or for any other reason; anyone who experiences symptoms should not contact others, but remain at home and notify their GP by phone.
The protection of elderly and chronic patients is of primary importance. Elderly people are also asked to pay more attention to themselves and the general precautions. There is a ban on visiting hospitals and nursing homes, and managements need to do everything they can to prevent infections.