President Klaus Iohannis announced that as of Monday, the state of emergency has been established on Romania’s territory for 30 days, with special conditions of protection and prevention, in keeping with the recommendations of international public health bodies.
“Starting today, the state of emergency is established throughout Romania for a period of 30 days,” said the head of state at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
The head of state explained he made this decision to allow the authorities to better manage the situation created by the coronavirus outbreak. The government will thus be able to allocate more funds to the healthcare sector to purchase the needed medicines and medical equipment, with the acquisition process being quicker and simpler.
Measures as to establishment of state of emergency: possibility of capping prices of utilities, medicines
President Klaus Iohannis announced on Monday the measures in the decree establishing the state of emergency on our country’s territory, according to the decree he signed.
“The pandemic caused by the infection with the new coronavirus can only be stopped by exceptional measures that have proven to have positive effects in the countries severely affected by the evolution of the virus. These measures are aimed at public health, social and economic domains, but also concern the restriction of the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms. However difficult it may be to adapt to these limits, this is the only way we can save the lives of our loved ones, the lives of those around us. It is important that people are properly informed and that is why I want to tell Romanians what the establishment of the state of emergency our country’s territory means, according to the decree I have signed,” the president said.
He said the schools will be closed to protect children, pupils and students and activity in pre-university and university education is suspended during the state of emergency.
“It is very important to limit the financial burden on the citizens during these difficult times, and as such, during the state of emergency, if necessary, the prices of medicines and medical equipment, of the necessity goods and of the public utilities, such as electricity and heat, gas, water supply, sanitation, fuels can be capped, within the limit of the average price of the last three months before the declaration of the state of emergency,” said Iohannis.
He also said that medical services for the fight against the coronavirus are granted to all persons on Romanian territory and shall be borne by the budget of the Ministry of Health.
Interior Ministry, medical units, social care services may hire additional staff without contest
President Klaus Iohannis announced on Monday that the Interior Ministry (MAI) structures, the medical units and the social care services may hire additional staff with no contest, as part of the measures enforced by the state of emergency imposed as of 16 March.
“I decreed that the MAI structures, the medical units, the social care services can hire additional staff without the usual contest so as to supplement the medical needs that may arise. Furthermore, I have authorized that the necessary amounts in the Health Ministry coffers to be secured for the purchase of materials, medicine and equipment during the pandemic through direct procurement procedure,” Iohannis said in a statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
Iohannis thanks all medical staff for their hard work
President Klaus Iohannis sent a message on Monday from the Cotroceni Presidential Palace to all the physicians and the medical staff, thanking them all for their professionalism and dedication.
“Thank you all for your efforts, we are all grateful for the work you do tirelessly!” Iohannis said.
The president assured that by decree all the measures were taken for the acquisition with maximum celerity of the medical equipment for the protection of the medical staff, so that the latter’s health will not be endangered.
“I’m determined that together with the Orban Gov’t, we will take the most severe measures to protect the lives and health of the Romanian citizens. Yet, no matter how many measures the authorities might take, they lose effectiveness immensely if not followed to the letter by the people,” Iohannis asserted.
President Iohannis to Romanians: No matter how hard it may seem, maintain social distancing
President Klaus Iohannis conveyed to the Romanians on Monday, in the context of the crisis determined by the novel coronavirus, to listen to the messages of the officials, to strictly respect the rules, to limit as much as possible any movement, to avoid the crowds and to maintain social distancing.
“Take care of your loved ones more than ever, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. No matter how hard it may seem, maintain social distancing. Measures that have worked so far in areas where the transmission of the infection has been kept under control or at least slowed down have been the severe ones, of social distancing. Combating the transmission of infections with the novel coronavirus requires sustained effort, adaptability and rapid action,” Iohannis told the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He specified that the establishment of the state of emergency allows the responsible authorities to adopt gradually or immediately, if necessary, measures such as closing state border crossing points, temporarily closing restaurants, hotels, cafes, clubs and other public places, but also that, wherever necessary, road, rail, maritime, river or air traffic as well as that of the underground can be gradually banned on different routes.
“At the same time, as a first-aid measure with gradual applicability, I repeat gradually meaning when and only when absolutely necessary, there is also the identification and requisition of stocks, production and distribution capacities, protective equipment, disinfectants and medicines used in the treatment of COVID-19,” said Iohannis.
President Iohannis stressed that these measures will be temporary and said that he will personally verify how all the measures taken following the issuance of the decree for the establishment of a state of emergency on Romania’s territory are implemented.
He said that “our nation is going through difficult times”, but “we are Romanians, a people whose history has been subjected to terrible trials in the past, and together we have managed to overcome them all well. Today, we are not alone in the fight to limit the harmful effects of the coronavirus epidemic. A global crisis requires global solutions, not just local ones. The international effort is a huge one, we are coordinating with our partners in the European Union and together we are confident that we will overcome this difficult test.”
Decree for state of emergency establishment, published in Official Journal
The decree of President Klaus Iohannis on the establishment of the state of emergency in Romania was published on Monday in the Official Journal.
According to the laws in force, the emergency situation is that exceptional event, with a nonmilitary character, which by its magnitude and intensity threatens the life and health of the population, the environment, the important material and cultural values, and urgent measures and actions are required to restore normalcy, as well as the allocation of additional resources and the unitary management of the forces and means involved.
The state of emergency is an exceptional measure that can be instituted by the president of Romania, through decree, with the approval of Parliament. In this context, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, has already announced that Parliament will vote at the latest on Thursday the decree on the state of emergency.