The number of Hungarians vaccinated against Covid-19 reached 3.5 million last week, so restaurant and bar terraces have opened this Saturday.
Gergely Gulyás told a press briefing that open-air facilities, similarly to shops, can stay open until 9.30pm, while the night-time curfew will begin an hour later at 11pm.
Reopening catering facilities is “the first step towards regaining freedom”, Gulyás said, adding that he hoped faster steps could follow. He added that “a large amount of vaccine is expected to arrive soon”.
One million doses of the Chinese vaccine arrive this week, as well as 200,000 first doses of the Russian vaccine, Gulyás said, adding that the second dose of the latter would follow promptly.
Over 300,000 doses of Pfizer also arrive this week, he added. So far, some 4.4 million have registered for the vaccine and 73% of them have received their jabs. Hungary will need some 6 million people vaccinated to reach herd immunity, he added.