The National Committee for Emergency Situations will declare the state of alert on Thursday, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said.
“Today, the state of emergency instituted through the Decree of Romania’s President concludes (…) During this 60-day period in which the President provided, through the Decree establishing the state of emergency, all the necessary tools, we were able to handle this unexpected challenge, which put us to a difficult test. Today, the National Committee for Emergency Situations will declare the state of alert within the emergency situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Also today, together with the declaration of the state of alert, the National Committee for Emergency Situations will institute all the necessary measures in order to defend Romanians’ life and health. These measures will be mandatory and will be established based on OUG [Government Emergency Ordinance] No.21 which regulates emergency situations,” PM Orban said in the beginning of the Government meeting on Thursday.
The PM pointed out: “Nothing will impede us to take all the necessary measures in order to be able to further handle the challenges generated by this epidemic.”
“All the necessary measures will be adopted by the National Committee for Emergency Situations and, also, I ask all ministers to issue, together with the Public Health National Institute, as well as, with the collaboration of the Technical-Scientific Support Council which substantiates the National Committee for Emergency Situations decisions, all orders regarding the health, occupational safety measures which must be observed in all activities, both for the activities for which there have been no restrictions so far and where it is necessary to impose these norms, and in the areas for which restrictions are lifted,” Orban said.
He provided details regarding the areas where the new rules will be implemented.
“It is about the rules regarding the movement in public transportation means, about the rules regarding the functioning of commercial spaces, rules regarding the functioning of hotels, rules regarding the functioning of barbershops, hair salons and all categories of activities for which restrictions are lifted and where a very serious regulation of public health measures is necessary for the protection of Romanian citizens,” Orban said.
Orban announces assumption of National Committee for Emergency Situations’ leadership
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced on Thursday that he will take over the leadership of the National Committee for Emergency Situations, to be seconded by three vice-presidents.
He said the decision was made to strengthen the authority of the National Committee for Emergency Situations.
“I would like to inform you that together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs I have taken the decision, in order to strengthen the authority of the National Committee for Emergency Situations, to amend Ordinance No. 21 and to assume, as Prime Minister, the leadership of the National Committee for Emergency Situations, certainly, seconded by three vice-presidents,” Orban informed in the beginning of the Government meeting.
The vice-presidents will be the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Public Works, Development and Administration and the Head of the Emergency Situations Department.
Call on Romanian citizens: Be as responsible as before, observe all measures instituted by authorities
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban told Romanians to be as responsible “as before” and to comply with all measures instituted by the authorities after passing to the state of alert.
“I send a very simple message to the Romanian citizens: be as responsible as before, observe all the measures that are instituted by the authorities, because these measures have no other purpose than to defend your health, to defend your life, to protect you from COVID 19 infection,” Ludovic Orban said at a Government meeting on Thursday.
Purchasing, distributing masks to vulnerable people must be set in motion quickly
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Thursday that the procedure for purchasing and distributing face masks to vulnerable people must be started as soon as possible, noting that it is necessary to urgently pass a government decision in this regard.
“We must start as soon as possible the procedure for purchasing and distributing the masks to the vulnerable people and for that I believe that it is necessary to pass a piece of legislation as soon as possible,” Orban said at the beginning of a government meeting.
Labour Minister Violeta Alexandru, specified that the decision on the acquisition of masks for the groups drawing the guaranteed minimum income is ready and is to be brought to the government meeting.
“We first need the piece of legislation to mandate the wearing of masks and as a result, in the next sequence, at the next meeting. (…) The document is ready, (…) I will unveil it to my colleagues. Besides, it is currently considered for approval and up for public consultation, and I will unveil its first reading,” added Alexandru.