Hungarian soldiers will be involved in enforcing the new curfew regulations, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday.
Orban said in a video on Facebook that he had consulted Interior Minister Sandor Pinter and Defence Minister Tibor Benkő on involving the army “to enforce curfew rules and maintain public order, and, where possible, to ease the burden on health services” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our soldiers will not defend the homeland in war now but help the police, central administration and health staff in areas where the ministers of the interior and health deem necessary,” Orbán said.
The prime minister said a government decree on legal, staffing, and financial details would be issued after the next government meeting.
On Tuesday, lawmakers extended the government’s special powers by 90 days,
allowing the government to suspend the application of some legislation, diverge from legal provisions and take other extraordinary measures by decree.
A curfew is in force between 8pm and 5am, and work carried out beyond the home must be justified.