Most banks and shops will be closed on the first and second day of Easter, and several trains will be suspended. On the other hand, more police officers will be deployed to maintain order around the churches and to facilitate traffic on the public roads. The emergency medical services will be operating normally, as well.
CFR Calatori operator to suspend over 80 trains during Easter holidays.
CFR Calatori railway operator will suspend more than 80 trains on several regional routes throughout the country on April 23, 24 and 25, as passenger traffic will diminish during Easter holidays. On the other hand, it will put in traffic an additional eight trains on the most used routes, and will add more than 40 carriages to the trains towards the most popular destinations. In order to avoid queues at ticket desks, CFR recommends passengers to avoid buying their tickets at the last moment. Tickets may be purchased in advance, with a 5-13 pc rebate, for any destination and type of train, from all CFR ticketing offices, online on www.cfrcalatori.ro, from authorised dealers (travel agencies), at CFR ticketing machines, and at the Zebrapay electronic machines.
Romanian Police hikes number of units
According to a report published yesterday, the Romanian Police has taken extra measures in view of the Easter holiday. Thus, approximately 20,000 police officers will be deployed daily on April 23-25. Of those, 11,000 are law enforcement officers, 2,656 are traffic police officers, 2,331 are criminal investigative service officers, over 1,350 are transport police officers and approximately 500 are anti-fraud officers. The police officers will ensure public order, will protect public and private property, particularly in pilgrimage, tourism and recreational areas, and will prevent any incidents. Police units will be deployed in the proximity of 14,570 Orthodox churches and 1,000 Catholic churches. Traffic police officers will be active on 258 national roads in order to combat speeding, to prevent accidents and traffic jams, to ease traffic in large cities as well as on the main roads leading to and from tourism resorts.
Bucharest Ambulance Service will operateas usual
The Health Ministry yesterday announced that the Bucharest Ambulance Service will operate as normal during the Easter Long Weekend, with the following hospitals to provide emergency assistance for children and adults: “Floreasca” Hospital; University Emergency Clinical Hospital; “St. Pantelimon Hospital”, “St. Ioan Hospital”, “Bagdasar-Arseni” Hospital, for Plastic and Reparatory Surgery and Burns, Ophthalmology Emergency Clinic Hospital, “Grigore Alexandrescu” Children’s Hospital, “M.S. Curie” Children’s Hospital. All the emergency calls will be made by dialling the 112 emergency number, according to the quoted source. The Bucharest Municipality Public Health Department (DSPMB) will also provide 24-hour emergency duty service at its headquarters, Str. Spiru Haret nr 14. Throughout the Easter Long Weekend, all the DSPMB-subordinated departments will operate specialty emergency room service and provide emergency medical care.
Metrorex announced, yesterday, that, on the night of April 23 to 24, underground trains will run at an interval of about 20 minutes (all night long), and, on April 25, they will run according to the weekend and holiday schedule, at an interval of eight to 10 minutes. On April 26, trains will revert to the normal weekday schedule. Depending on passenger numbers, Metrorex will introduce more trains to reduce the waiting time between trains.
Most banks, closed for Easter
Most banks will be closed on the first two days of Easter, that is, on Sunday and Monday, except for some banking units operating in the major shopping centres, which will have a special program. The last chance to perform banking operations before Easter is Friday, April 22, when most banks will have normal working hours.