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Romania to further relax coronavirus restrictions as of June 15

A new series of relaxation measures will be applied as of Monday in Romania, among which the opening of malls, except for restaurants, cafes, playgrounds, game rooms and cinemas located inside, as well as the opening of outdoor swimming pools and gyms/fitness centres.

The National Committee for Emergency Situations adopted, on Thursday, a decision proposing to the Government the relaxation measures that apply from June 15.

Also Thursday, in the government meeting, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban (photo) announced that the extension of the state of alert after June 16 will be approved this week.

The decision on the proposal of certain relaxation measures necessary in the current epidemiological context, applicable from June 15, specifies the increase to 6 of the number of people who do not live together and who can participate in recreational and sports activities carried out outdoors, namely cycling, hiking, running, canoeing, mountaineering, hunting, fishing and other recreational and sports activities carried out outdoors, under the conditions established by joint order of the Minister of Health, as the case may be, of the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Minister of Environment or the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development .

Private events indoors can be organized with the participation of a maximum of 20 people. Private events in open spaces can be organized with the participation of a maximum of 50 people, according to the decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations.

The number of people who do not belong to the same family and can travel or form pedestrian groups increases to 6.

The retail selling of products and services will be resumed in the shopping centres where several economic operators operate. However, the activity of restaurants, cafes or other such public places is not allowed inside the shopping centres, except for those arranged outside the buildings, in open-air, with a minimum distance of two meters between tables and at most 4 people who are not members of the same family at a table, as well as the operation of playgrounds, game rooms and cinemas.

The activity of the economic operators that manage outdoor swimming places, the outdoor swimming pools or the gyms / fitness centres is resumed, with the obligation to observe the prevention norms established by common order of the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Minister of Health.

According to the decision, the activity of the economic operators that carry out spa treatment activities is resumed, with the obligation to observe the prevention norms established by order of the Minister of Health.

The activities of nurseries, kindergartens and after-schools during the summer holidays are also allowed, under the conditions established by joint order of the Minister of Education and Research, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Labor.

Also as of Monday June 15, Romanians arriving from 17 European countries will no longer be quarantined or self-isolated, and flights to and from those countries will resume, the National Committee for Emergency Situations has decided. These countries are Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. The list will be updated weekly, every Monday, in keeping with the epidemiological situation.

However, the most recent official report issued by the Strategic Coordination Group (GCS) on Sunday indicates 320 new cases of contamination with the new coronavirus, the highest number scored since the state of alert was declared on May 15th, which gradually brought about a string of measures to relax the restrictions. According to GCS, the number of people who have died of Covid-19 in Romania has reached 1420 until Sunday.

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