Theatres, cinemas, restaurants, bars, cafes and gambling halls in Bucharest can be reopened at 30 pct of capacity from Monday, following a decision adopted on Friday by the Bucharest City Committee for Emergency Situations.
Thus, the said committee has ordered the resumption of activity in closed spaces, at a maximum capacity of 30 pct in the field of HORECA, as well as in the cultural, entertainment and recreational field from 25 January 2021, 0:00 o’clock, provided that the incidence rate is maintained below 3/1,000 inhabitants.
Bucharest remains for the fifth day in the yellow zone in terms of the 14-day cumulative infection rate with the novel coronavirus, after Sunday registered 2.37 cases per thousand inhabitants, according to data announced by the Group for Strategic Communication (GCS).
On Friday, the prefect of the capital, Traian Berbeceanu (photo), said that the decision of the Bucharest City Committee for Emergency Situations took into account the decrease in the rate of infection with the novel coronavirus recorded in recent days. He pointed out that he had asked law enforcement to step up controls to ensure that the rules in force were complied with and urged the people to continue to be cautious.
Bucharest Prefect Berbeceanu: If we do not relax restrictions, we risk HORECA operators to sue us
The prefect of Bucharest, Traian Berbeceanu, declared that in the event that restrictions were not relaxed in Bucharest, there were a risk that the HORECA operators (hotel, catering and restaurant sector), the ones licensed for gambling and show organizers to file lawsuits.
“We did not have the option of not applying the provisions that are in Annex 3 of the Government Decision, because, otherwise, we risk that HORECA operators, you know, operators that are licensed in the field of gambling, or even show organizers, theaters, could sue us, and ask for huge damages and win the trials naturally, due to the legal regulations which we referred to, to win in very short terms,” Berbeceanu said, for the private broadcaster RFI.
“In reality we too are very concerned about the evolution of the pandemic situation. I even discussed this with the (Health, ed. n.) minister (Vlad Voiculescu, ed. n.) prior to last Friday, when we had to summon the sitting of the Municipal Committee, we shared his concern, but we explained very clearly that we, as an administrative structure, are forced to execute the legal provisions of the Government Decision, which, as you know, 10 days before the Government issued it, 10 days before our committee meeting. That Government Decision has within as co-authors the Ministry of Health and was signed by the very Minister of Health. I explained that, in order to not enforce these measures of partial relaxation, we need a new piece of legislation, and the Ministry of Health could intervene in advance for modifying the conditions of relaxing certain economic activities,” Berbeceanu stated, according to Agerpres.