A daily timeframe for shoppers older than 65 is being reintroduced from Tuesday with the aim of protecting the elderly from the coronavirus epidemic, according to the Government Information Centre.
Between 9am and 11am on weekdays and 8am and 10am on weekends, customers below that age are banned from shopping in grocery shops, household chemists and pharmacies, the centre said in a statement.
Senior citizens will have the right to shop at any time, according to the decree which was promulgated after agreement with the Council of the Elderly.
Senior citizens are asked to avoid crowded, enclosed spaces and, where possible, should ask their relatives or even the municipality to help with shopping, the statement said.
“The government is negotiating the purchase of a coronavirus vaccine from several sources to ensure that Hungarians have access to the vaccine as soon as possible, and has promulgated a decree that will simplify and accelerate the import of vaccines and drugs against coronavirus,” said the government’s website.
The mandatory use of masks outdoors is the latest in a series of measures coming into force from Nov. 11, which also include a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a switch to online education for secondary schools and universities.
Restaurants can stay open but only for takeaways, except for workplace cafeterias.
“These measures will remain in place until Dec. 11, but the government meet every Wednesday and might decide on further restrictive measures if it seems necessary, official says.
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