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President Iohannis: After May 15, individual travel restrictions to be fully lifted in Romania

After May 15, when the state of emergency ends, the restrictions on individual travel will not be extended, President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday.

He made the announcement after a meeting on measures to manage the COVID-19 epidemic, which was attended by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Interior Minister Marcel Vela, Health Minister Nelu Tataru, and head of the Department for Emergency Situations Raed Arafat.

“So, after May 15, after the current state of emergency is exhausted, we will repeal restrictions on individuals. So we will not extend individual travel restrictions. Or, conversely, we will be able to move in public spaces without having to state in advance where we go and why. It’s about individual freedom of movement,” he said.

Iohannis added that after May 15, many restrictions will remain in effect and he mentioned the ones on gatherings in public spaces.

 

After May 15 everyone will be required to wear protective masks in enclosed public spaces

 

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that after May 15, everyone will be required to wear protective masks in enclosed public spaces and public transport.

“We have decided today that after May 15 everyone will be required to wear protective masks in enclosed public spaces and when we using public transport,” Iohannis told a news conference on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace after a meeting on COVID-19 epidemic management measures with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Interior Minister Marcel Vela, Health Minister Nelu Tataru, and head of the Emergency Management Department Raed Arafat.

He said the obligation to wear mask may be rescinded next year.

 

I will have a meeting with MEC reps to draw up pupils’ classes resumption

 

The Head of state also announced that on Wednesday he would have a meeting with Education Ministry (MEC) representatives on drawing up a concrete plan for pupils going back to school.

“We’ll have a staged relaxation plan. We’ll establish exactly what activity can be resumed. An extremely important activity is the school activity, and even this afternoon I will meet the management of the Education Ministry to begin drawing up a concrete plan for pupils going back to school. This plan will be publicly presented as soon as it is drawn up with all corresponding details,” Iohannis said in a press statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, after the meeting on the COVID-19 epidemic management measures with PM Ludovic Orban, the Interior and Health Ministers, Marcel Vela and Nelu Tataru, and the head of the Department for Emergency Situations Raed Arafat.

At the same time, he showed that an assessment and a plan is being worked out to provide exactly how the economic activity will be resumed, particularly in the areas strongly restricted, for instance the commercial area.

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