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Romania shifted to 30-day state of alert. President Iohannis promulgates law on preventing and combating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Interior Minister Marcel Vela announced on Thursday evening that a 30-day state of alert will come into force on May 15 under a decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU).

“The National Committee for Emergency Situations adopts the following decision: Article 1. Starting on May 15, 2020, a nationwide state of alert is hereby declared for a period of 30 days,” Vela said at the end of a CNSU meeting.

He specified that the rules for carrying out activities that require specific health protection measures are adopted by joint order of the minister of health and the relevant minister.

As far as the emergency medical stockpiles are concerned, chief emergency management official Raed Arafat and the minister of health work out by order of the action commander the necessary measures to prevent and fight infections with the novel coronavirus, Vela added.

 

Decision on approving state of alert nationwide, published in the Official Journal

 

The decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations on approving the establishment of the national alert and of the measures for prevention and control of infections in the context of the epidemiological situation generated by the SARS-CoV-2 virus was published in the Official Journal.

The decision provides for the alert to be issued on national territory for a period of 30 days and includes a series of rules and restrictions to allow the authorities to fight effectively against the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus.

The normative act establishes, starting with Friday, May 15, the obligation to wear a mask, so that the nose and the mouth are covered, in commercial spaces, in the means of public transport, at the workplace and in other closed spaces.

Starting with the same date, people are allowed to move outside the home / household, inside the localities, in compliance with measures to prevent the spread of infection and avoid the formation of pedestrian groups larger than 3 people who do not belong to the same family.

According to the normative act, the movement outside the locality / metropolitan area is forbidden with the following exceptions:

* travel in professional interest, including between home / household and place (s) of professional activity and back;

* travel for humanitarian or voluntary purposes;

* travel for agricultural activities;

* travel for the sale of agri-food products by agricultural producers;

* travel for the care or administration of a property in another locality or the issuance of documents necessary to obtain rights;

* travel to participate in programmes or procedures in treatment centers;

* travel for other justified reasons, such as caring for / accompanying children / family members, caring for a relative / relative or person under care, assistance to the elderly, sick or disabled people, death of a family member;

* travel for medical assistance that cannot be postponed or made remotely;

* travel for individual recreational-sports activities carried out outdoors (cycling, hiking, running, rowing, mountaineering, hunting, fishing and others) with the participation of up to 3 people;

* travel for participation in family events, with a limited number of people and compliance with the rules of social distance;

* travel for the purchase, service, performance of periodical technical inspection(PTI) or other vehicle maintenance operations, activities that cannot be performed in the locality of residence.

Traveling outside the locality for the mentioned situations will be justified through a sworn statement.

 

HealthMin Tataru: We are in a context in which we remain cautious

 

Health Minister Nelu Tataru stated on Thursday evening that, as of 15 May, certain relaxation measures would be taken, however, many rules and precautions would remain in place, and functioning rules are to be imposed in each area.

“We are in a context in which we remain cautious, we remain with those rules, we are in a context in which relaxation measures appear, certain activities are opened or resumed . The resumption of these activities takes place within the rules of functioning and unfolding,” Nelu Tataru said at the end of the National Committee for Emergency Situations meeting.

He showed that resuming individual sport or training camps for professional athletes will be included in a joint order of the Health Minister and the Minister of Youth and Sport.

Moreover, resuming, as of 2 June, the classes for the training of the 8th and 12th grades pupils will also be included in a joint order, in terms of the rules, issued by the Health Minister and the Education Minister.

 

Arafat: All people arriving to Romania will be ordered home isolation

 

Head of the Emergency Situations Department (DSU) Raed Arafat announced on Thursday evening that from May 15, all persons arriving in Romania, regardless of which country, will be ordered home isolation.

“All persons coming to Romania from abroad from May 15 will be ordered home isolation, together with family or relatives they live with, and those who do not have the possibility to meet the conditions for home isolation or request not to expose family can opt for institutional quarantine in specially designed settings; in other words, from tonight, from the moment of publication, those who arrive in the country, no matter wherefrom will go into isolation at home,” said Arafat at the Interior Ministry headquarters

 

Iohannis signs decree for the promulgation of the Law on state of alert measures

 

On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis has signed a decree for the promulgation of the Law on measures for preventing and combating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Presidential Administration.

The Chamber of Deputies adopted on Wednesday, as a decision-making body, a government’s bill on the measures in a state of alert, after several changes were made, among which one that Parliament will have to approve the state of alert if it is established in at least half of the country.

According to the law, the state of alert is the response to an emergency of special magnitude and intensity triggered by one or more types of risk, consisting of a set of temporary measures, proportional to the level of severity displayed or predicted and necessary for the prevention and elimination of imminent threats to the life, health of persons, the environment, valuables, cultural values or property.

The law also says that if the state of alert is established in at least half of the country, the approval of Parliament is needed within 5 days.

Parliament can also make changes to the measures proposed by the government on alert.

The law also provides for the possibility of opening shopping centres with an area of less than 15,000 square metres.

It also provides for the possibility of outdoor bars and restaurants reopening.

The document also contains restrictions.

Any measures restrictive of rights provided in this law shall be ordered in compliance with the principle of equal legal treatment for identical or comparable situations.

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