The day when Hungary reaches 2.5 million administered vaccine doses has finally arrived. Based on the laws currently in effect regarding the pandemic, the reopening of the country will automatically happen. The first step will involve shops and services. Keep reading to know what to expect this week.
As Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, restrictions can only slow down the British variant of the virus, but they cannot eradicate it.
Based on his announcement, the future of restrictions to fight covid will be linked to the progress of the vaccination programme. According to this,
the first phase of reopening the country starts once 2.5 million jabs have been administered.
The government decided on this number to be the threshold based on their estimates of vaccinating all those over 65 who registered to get the vaccine by this time, reports portfolio.hu.
On the other hand, according to many experts, this 25% is very far from the desired 70-80% of herd immunity. Moreover, the Chief Medical Officer said last Friday that 80% of this group has already received at least their first jab, meaning that 20% of them need to be inoculated over the course of only some days.
In his interview on Good Friday, PM Viktor Orbán already referred to the big day when the country can finally start to open again. He gave a rather concrete date: one or two days after Easter Monday, shops and services can resume work.
Today, Hungary has reached 2.5 million administered coronavirus vaccine doses, meaning that the gradual reopening of the country can start tomorrow.
Since the need for restrictions is linked to the situation of the pandemic, unless the government changes its mind and rewrites its own decree, here are the rules by which we will live, starting from tomorrow:
In the case of services requiring personal appearance, waiting in front of the business providing a service or in front of a shop in a mall, customers need to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
Based on the decrees currently in effect, the second phase of the reopening would happen on April 19, with the reopening of schools and kindergartens. Certain organisations and experts, however, have asked the government to reconsider this decision.