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All restaurants and bars to shut in Istria for one month

ZAGREB, 14 March 2020 – New measures to counter the coronavirus outbreak will be put in place in the Croatian region of Istria. 

From Sunday, 15 March, bars and restaurants will go close for one month until Sunday, 14 April. This new measure does not include food delivery services and soup kitchens, which will operate with maximum precautions, 24sata reported.

Services in which direct close contact with customers is established also will be forced to close. These include hairdressers, pedicures, barbers and beauticians. 

Shopping centres will be able to open until 6 p.m. during the period and they must adhere to measures such as: limiting the number of people present at the centre at the same time. 

Signs will be placed at the front of the cash registers warning people to stay at least a metre to one and a half metres apart and also as many cash registers as possible should be open for greater flow, explained Dino Kozlevac from the Istria Civil Protection Authority. 

Smaller grocery stores will be allowed to work until 6 p.m., but also with a limited number of people inside. 

As of Saturday evening, there were 38 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Croatia.  

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