Based on the decision of Budapest Municipality, inspectors of public transport can impose a fine of EUR 22 (~HUF 8,000) if someone does not wear a mask properly at the designated areas. In addition to the Hungarian capital, restrictions have also been introduced in the countryside.
As the Hungarian news portal Portfolio reports – on Tuesday, Budapest Operational Staff and the Hungarian Medical Chamber consulted on the prevention and the necessary measures to slow down the spread of the epidemic.
Within the framework of the meeting, the following decisions have been made:
  • Budapest Municipality increases the test capacity in social institutions, homeless care and elderly care institutions;
  • orders mandatory mask-wearing in markets, cultural institutions, museums, libraries, archives, cinemas, theatres, the Capital City Cultural Center, and in the closed premises of Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden;
  • orders that from now on passengers who do not wear a mask properly on public transport vehicles may be fined with EUR 22 (~HUF 8,000) and can be taken off the vehicles.
According to Xinhua, the reason for the latest tightening of rules is that by the second half of the summer mask compliance had decreased, with only 85-odd per cent of public transport passengers covering their mouth and nose. Compliance was close to 100 per cent in May, according to the authorities.
The City Council recalled that the authorities mandated the use of face masks on public transport on April 27.
In Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, the number of registered new coronavirus cases increased from 230 to 256 for today. As the Hungarian news portal reports – in Miskolc, discipline for wearing a mask has improved in customer service and public transport; however, some people still wear the protective gear inappropriately in stores and shops.
In order to enhance preventative measures, further restrictions have been introduced in the county seat.
The Mayor of Miskolc ordered a ban on visiting three municipally maintained nursing homes and care homes. In addition to the mandatory mask-wearing and hand disinfection, fever will be measured from now at the local government customer service. It will be required to wear a mask at cultural and sporting events held indoors, as well as at the city’s markets. In public transport – except for children under the age of six – everyone must cover the nose and mouth; otherwise, passengers can be taken off the vehicles. From September, drivers will also be required to wear a mask to set an example for passengers. Local vehicles are disinfected continuously and cleaned, and more vehicles might be launched during peak hours to avoid the crowds.
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