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CNSU: Masks can be removed in open spaces for eating, drinking, smoking and sports

The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) adopted on Monday a decision clarifying the situations in which the protective mask can be removed in open spaces, for short periods of time, respectively when smoking, consuming food or drinks outside the terraces, but also when doing individual sports.

CNSU adopted, in Monday’s meeting, Decision 50 regarding the approval of the list of countries / areas of epidemiological risk for which the quarantine measure is established on the persons arriving in Romania from these countries and the clarification of some aspects regarding the application of Decision no. 856 / 14.10.2020 regarding the prolongation of the alert state and of the measures necessary to be applied during it in order to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to updating the list of states and risk areas, the decision clarifies the situations in which the health protective mask can be removed, respectively in open space, for short periods of time and only if people are outside pedestrian traffic areas and can respect a distance of at least 2 meters from other people.

“In localities or counties where the wearing of a protective mask is mandatory in open spaces, it is permitted to remove it for short periods of time for smoking, consumption of food or beverages outside the terraces, as well as for individual sports or other similar activities, only if the persons are outside the pedestrian traffic areas and at least 2 meters from other people,” the CNSU decision stipulates.

At the same time, the National Committee for Emergency Situations updated the list of countries / areas of epidemiological risk for which the quarantine measure is instituted on persons arriving in Romania from: Andorra, Vatican, Czech Republic, Belgium, French Polynesia, Guam, Holland, Armenia, Luxembourg, Slovenia, France, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Argentina, Spain, Slovakia, UK, Georgia, Malta, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ireland, Poland, Bahrain, Northern Macedonia, Portugal, Puerto Rico.

PM Orban: Outdoor joggers, exempted from wearing mask

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday that joggers could be exempted from wearing a mask, provided they do not interact with other people.

He said any other restrictions, such as banning movement at night, could be decided after seeing the effects of the measures taken so far.

Orban said that in the meeting of the National Committee for Emergency Situations the list of countries that have exceeded the SARS-CoV-2 spread index in Romania will be updated.

“There are also some exceptions to the obligation to wear a mask that are specific to those who practice outdoor jogging, that it is difficult for them to wear a mask, but they must do so in places where they do not interact with others,” Orban explained.

According to the prime minister, decisions on other restrictions will be taken after the results of the measures ordered so far are noticed.

“For now, we want to see the effect of the measures that were taken after the established thresholds were exceeded. Depending on the analysis of the results, we will decide whether or not it is necessary to establish other measures,” Orban explained.

At the same time, he indicated that it is necessary to see what are the effects of the restriction of the circulation at night in other countries, mentioning that, especially, the adolescents are active after 23:00.

“When we have something on this topic we will announce. For now, on the one hand, we want to see the effects in other countries, because the measure applies in other countries. We want to see if there are effects in other countries. You know that movement restrictions affect less the mature population, as especially teenagers are active after 23:00. But let us see the effects in other countries. On the other hand, we look at the effects of the measures we have already taken, which are important measures: moving to online education, the compulsory wearing of masks, the closure of theaters, cinemas, restaurants, cafes. These are measures that reduce social interaction and that we believe will generate effects,” added Ludovic Orban.

He added that private events are no longer allowed – weddings, baptisms, festive meals, celebrations in event venues and restaurants, as epidemiological investigations have shown that they were the leading cause of COVID-19 infection. “Of course, such parties can still be organized, but only in private spaces. Our advice is also for young people, teenagers to refrain from attending these parties,” the prime minister said.

According to him, the effects of the measures taken can be seen in Bucharest. “It can be seen in Bucharest that for the time being we are on a plateau, the number of cases has not increased,” Orban said.

Measures are taken to solve the ICU beds shortage in Bucharest

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday that there were problems in Bucharest with intensive care beds and some patients had to be moved to other hospitals, but measures were taken to constantly increase capacity.

“I have received a report that shows, on the one hand, an increase in the treatment capacity in the intensive care units (…) and also some elements of capacity building for the future. Our goal is to constantly increase the treatment capacity of patients, both in the intensive care units and in the normal wards. We have a problem in Bucharest, it’s true, but decisions have already been made: the Colentina Hospital becomes COVID hospital again, with several hundred beds and 30 beds in the intensive care unit. Also, the triage was put into operation at the Nasta Hospital, the Malaxa Hospital will join this week the rank of hospitals for the treatment of patients infected with the novel coronavirus. We also aim to increase capacity in the hospitals that have already been such hospitals: the Matei Bals, Babes, Witting, the Ilfov County Hospital. (…) An analysis was made on each region and solutions are identified to increase the treatment capacity in the intensive care units,” said Orban.

Asked about the problems at the medical facilities in Bucharest, Orban said that measures had been taken.

“Yes, we had to move patients to other hospitals because we no longer had beds in the intensive care units, but there too we provided for measures. I, Secretary of State Arafat and Mr Tataru, have ordered an increase in capacity of the emergency units, oxygenation for cases that need oxygenation, until the identification of hospitalisation solutions in an intensive care unit. But the basic idea is to increase the intensive care capacity,” said the prime minister.

He said that the government had given the first reading to a draft emergency ordinance to supplement the staff by the immediate hire of all graduates who have completed residency in specialties related to Covid, such as emergency, intensive care anesthesia, infectious diseases, epidemiology.

“We are still looking to supplement human resources. I welcome the decisions of the medicine universities that have encouraged students to do internships in a voluntary system to support the work of the public health directorates. We are constantly thinking of new solutions to increase treatment capacity. We have passed an emergency ordinance to get family physicians involved in the follow-up of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or presenting with mild forms. We try to adapt to any circumstances,” added Orban.

Compiled from Agerpres

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