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Croatia lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions in three phases from Monday

Zagreb (Photo: M.Vrdoljak/Zagreb TZ)

ZAGREB, April 23 (Hina) – The Croatian government on Thursday adopted a conclusion on measures to relaunch economic and other activities in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, which regulates the gradual relaxation of restrictions as of Monday, 27 April.

The measures would be relaxed in three phases – on April 27, May 4, and May 11.

The first phase, starting on Monday, 27 April, will enable the opening of all retail entities apart from those in shopping centres, the exception being those stores that have been operating in shopping centres the entire time since the introduction of restrictions.

Services too will be able to operate except those that require close contact with clients, on the condition physical distance is respected. This refers to tailors, key cutters, cobblers, tourist agencies and the like.

Public city and suburban lines, as well as fast-speed lines to islands that are not connected with ferry lines, will start operating again. Libraries, museums, galleries, second-hand and regular book shops too will be allowed to open.

Athletes will be allowed to recommence training in individual sports as will those competing in senior team sports.

State public servant examinations will also be conducted.

The second phase would follow on May 4 if the first phase proves to be successful and the epidemiological situation does not deteriorate. Relaxation of restrictions in that phase would refer to the public health system, which would fully restore its services, with certain exceptions, and to private clinics.

Other services requiring close contact with clients would be allowed to operate as well if they comply with special measures in force, and this refers to cosmetic salons, pedicurists, barbers, and hairdressers.

The third phase, starting on May 11, would enable up to ten people to gather in the same place on the condition of physical distancing and shopping centres would be allowed to reopen as would kindergartens and elementary schools from Grades 1 to 4. Special classes for disabled children who have personal assistants would be restored as well, and students would be allowed to attend laboratory, art and clinical practical classes in small groups.

As of May 11, inter-city bus routes and domestic air traffic would be relaunched and hospitality premises would be allowed to open but exclusively providing their services in outside terraces in compliance with epidemiological measures.

Hospitality services in accommodation premises would be allowed as well but only to staying guests, national and nature parks would be allowed to reopen and conditions for e-passes would be expanded.

All three phases imply maintaining physical distancing and the highest hygienic standards and for premises to be disinfected.

Employers will continue to be obliged to provide working conditions according to epidemiological measures and where possible to allow work from home and organise virtual meetings. Any worker with a temperature or respiratory symptoms will be banned from going to work.

Public events and large gatherings will still not be permitted.

High school exit exams will be held June 8 to 29 and religious gatherings will be allowed as of May 2.

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