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President Iohannis signs decree extending the state of emergency in Romania by 30 days: Danger not passed

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday the extension of the state of emergency in Romania by 30 days.

“We have issued today the decree extending the state of emergency by 30 days on the territory of Romania so that the most effective measures against COVID-19 continue to be taken,” said the head of state.

 

Danger not passed, relaxing restrictions would lead to vertiginous rise in infections

 

The danger that the novel coronavirus represents has not passed, and “relaxing restrictions would lead to a vertiginous rise in infections,” said President Klaus Iohannis.

“The danger has not passed, and relaxing restrictions in the coming period, as I see some politicians demand, would lead to a vertiginous rise in infections,” showed the head of state in a press statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

“Stay home so you don’t end up in a hospital bed. Stay home so we can get our lives back as fast as possible,” Iohannis emphasized.

 

“Do not expose yourselves and do not expose those in your proximity”

 

President Klaus Iohannis called again for the regulations imposed by the authorities to be observed.

“I am making an appeal to all those who believe that things are not so serious and continue to ignore the regulations of the authorities. Do not fool the state institutions, you are only fooling yourselves! You are fooling those you care about, your children, parents and grandparents, whom you endanger because you are disregarding the measures taken to protect your life and the life of your fellow citizens. Any step beyond the lines drawn by these regulations can mean your becoming ill and, further on, your loved ones. Do not expose yourselves and do not expose those in your proximity! Be responsible and stand in solidarity! (…) If the restrictions are respected by each of us, we can save lives. In these times, all, I repeat, we are all vulnerable if we ignore the measures imposed by the authorities. This crisis can only be overcome together,” said Iohannis, in a press statement held at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He conveyed his condolences to the families of the 346 people who died of COVID-19.

“Pain and powerlessness, a huge emptiness in the families where 346 people have disappeared in one fell swoop. I want to convey my condolences to the bereaved families and much strength to go through this extremely difficult period,” said Iohannis.

 

Schools remain closed

 

Schools remain closed during the state of emergency period, on Tuesday said president Klaus Iohannis, in a briefing at the Cotroceni Palace.

“Schools remain closed and all educational activities requiring physical presence are suspended,” the president said.

 

Prices for medicines and medical equipment, food staples and public utilities can be capped

 

The head of state also said that during the state of emergency, prices for medicines and medical equipment, food staples and public utilities can be capped.

“During the state of emergency, prices can be capped for medicines and medical equipment, food staples and public utility services, such as electricity and heating, gas, water supply, sanitation or fuels,” said the head of state in a press statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He pointed out that in the decree extending the state of emergency by 30 days, a special mention was added should the prices of electricity and natural gas on regional markets be lowered.

“In this case, the Government will take the necessary measures so that these decreases are reflected in the price paid by the consumer,” explained the head of state.

He also stated that, by the decree issued, the Government will take all measures to ensure the citizen’s food security by continuing the production, processing, transport and supply of the necessity goods to people.

 

Message to medical staff: Fight goes on, we all need your professionalism and dedication

 

President Klaus Iohannis thanked the doctors for their efforts to help patients infected with the new coronavirus and told them that the fight goes on and that their professionalism and dedication are highly needed.

“I would like to address now to the doctors and the medical staff in particular. I thank each of you once again for your hard work all these days. But the fight goes on and we all need your professionalism and dedication,” the president said at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

 

Protection of population, goods, ensured with priority during state of emergency period

 

Protection of population and goods will be ensured with priority during the state of emergency period, on Tuesday said President Klaus Iohannis, after announcing he has prolonged the state of emergency for another 30 days, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and detailed some of the measures provided by the decree.

“In the field of justice, the work of the tribunals continues only in cases of special urgency. In the field of transport and infrastructure, the Government sets out the specific conditions for the provision of transport, passenger and freight services, so as to ensure the protection of the population and goods as a priority. I also stipulated in the decree that providers of electronic communications services have an obligation to ensure the integrity of electronic communications networks and to avoid possible traffic disruption situations in public electronic communications networks,” the president stressed.

Iohannis added that these are mandatory measures to overcome, with as few losses as possible, the serious crisis in which we find ourselves”.

“We all want to regain the life we had before this pandemic broke out, but how quickly this happens depends only on compliance with these restrictions. There are measures that temporarily affect some of our rights and freedoms, but that save lives,” the president asserted.

 

Closure or suspension of activity of elderly persons care centers, for other vulnerable categories, forbidden

 

President Klaus Iohannis announced, on Tuesday, that, through the decree regarding the extension of the state of emergency by 30 days, it is forbidden to close or suspend the activity of care centers for elderly persons, for children and adults with and without disabilities, as well as for other vulnerable categories, whether the centers are public or private.

“Another domain that I wanted to consolidate is that of additional protection for vulnerable categories. Thus, in this period, it’s forbidden to close or suspend the activity of residential care and assistance centers for elderly persons, of residential centers for children and adults, with and without disabilities, as well as for other vulnerable categories, whether they are public or private,” said the head of state, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He mentioned that relatives or legal representatives of the beneficiaries of these services may transfer them at their own home or residence, if they declare on their own responsibility that they can provide appropriate conditions for their temporary care.

 

Iohannis on post-crisis comeback: Capital infusion, infrastructure projects, sped up digitalization, extensive administration audit required

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that, with entire economy sectors having been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the government will have to lay out and implement a package of measures to help the economy get back on track.

“The severe restrictions for the protection of the citizens’ health have inevitably affected entire economic sectors. The Orban Government has already adopted a set of measures to support the employees, as well as the businesses in difficulty; this is just one component of the government’s strategy aimed at setting the groundwork for Romania’s economic and social reconstruction after we overcome this crisis. This will require capital infusion, carrying on the infrastructure projects, speeding up the digitalization process, an extensive audit at all the levels of the local and central public administration, professional reconversion. The Orban Government will prepare the implementation of these measures too,” Iohannis said in an address delivered today at the Cotroceni Palace.

He remarked that any crisis, no matter how difficult it is, also brings opportunities along.

“We’ll have the chance to be better at what we do, be empathetic, supportive and determined to truly build together the country we want. Only united can we successfully go through this difficult time!,” concluded the President.

 

Presidential decree on extending the state of emergency. Measures to back economic operators, sectors affected during state of emergency

 

The Government can adopt economic and social measures to support economic operators and economic sectors directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, shows the presidential decree on extending the state of emergency for another 30 days.

Also, the contracting authorities, including the legal entities in which the state is a majority shareholder, have the right to directly purchase materials and equipment necessary to prevent and combat COVID-19, exceeding the value threshold established by the law on public procurement, within the budgetary funds distributed to this end.

According to the document, the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Milieu issues, upon request, state of emergency certificates based on supporting documents to the economic operators whose activity is affected in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Measures have been put in place to ensure continuity in the supply, respectively the extraction, production, processing, transport, distribution, supply, maintenance and repair of resources and raw and/or semi-processed materials necessary for the proper functioning of the national energy system, as well as to ensure continuity in the latter’s operation and in that of all the public utility services,” reads the decree signed by President Klaus Iohannis.

The validity of the documents issued by the public authorities that expire during the state of emergency is maintained.

 

Just minimum attendance allowed at weddings, christenings, funerals, meetings banned

 

Weddings, christenings or funerals may only be performed with the minimum attendance required by the canonical regulations and with the strict observance of the individual and collective protection measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, provides the decree on the 30-day extension of the state of emergency presented on Tuesday by President Klaus Iohannis.

Organizing and holding meetings, demonstrations, processions or any other meeting in open spaces or any other kind of indoor cultural, scientific, artistic, religious, sports or leisure meetings during the state of emergency is forbidden.

“The military personnel of the National Defense Ministry who participate in missions to support public order or to ensure the guard and protection of certain objectives/areas are authorised to ask for ID documents and determine the people’s identity, as well as to verify the reason for the people’s movement outside their home,” reads the text.

Also, the military personnel may temporarily forbid the entry into buildings, delimited and marked localities or geographical areas subject to quarantine or isolation measures, in a means of transport, or order the temporary evacuation of anyone from these sites, if this poses a danger to the life, health or bodily integrity of the respective person or others, to warn by any means of communication the people to cease activities that break the quarantine or isolation measures, and give signals, indications and instructions to traffic participants.

 

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