Interior Minister Lucian Bode specified on Monday that the decision for quarantining Bucharest will not be based only on the COVID-19 incidence rate of 6 per thousand inhabitants.
“It’s not just the incidence rate that leads to this decision. Experts say very clearly: there are several factors, including this incidence rate of over 6 per thousand, that can lead to such a decision. So we must not rush, we must not give messages that could possibly induce panic in the population, we must be very clear in our statements (…), but if we exceed the incidence rate of 6 per thousand, together with DSU [the Department for Emergency Situations], with all the factors involved, we will certainly make a decision, but not only based on this incidence rate,” Bode told private broadcaster Digi24.
PM Citu: There is a minority that disobeys the rules in force , I am waiting for solutions from the local authorities
Prime Minister Florin Citu announced today that he will meet with the Bucharest General Mayor and the sector mayors to discuss the capital city’s rise in COVID-19 infections, mentioning that there is a minority of rule-breakers and that he is waiting for solutions from the local authorities.
Citu specified that today at 16:00 he will have an online meeting with the prefects and that on Tuesday he will meet with the County Council and municipal associations.
“There is a minority that disobeys the rules in force. Therefore, I decided to have a meeting today with the Bucharest General Mayor and the sector mayors to discuss the situation in Bucharest. At 16:00 I will have an online discussion with the prefects, and tomorrow I will discuss with the Association of Romania’s County Councils and Municipalities. It is time for the solutions to come from the local authorities. Each municipality has its own specifics,” Citu said.
He added that “only a few” restaurants do not follow the rules.
“Where the law is disobeyed, I will be uncompromising. No one is above the law. Unfortunately, there are also lawmakers who incite disobedience of the law. (…) I have no problem with protests, (… ) but let them do it in compliance with the law, let them wear a mask. (…) I asked IntMin Bode to present a report on what happened over the weekend. No one is above the law,” the Prime Minister underlined.
Asked if locking down Bucharest is being considered, Citu said: “Personally, I wanted us to keep the economy open and we found solutions. I want us to find solutions so that we do not end up in a lockdown. We will make the decision after I meet with the General Mayor and the sector mayors. That’s why I’m waiting for solutions.”
“We have an ordinance prepared to suspend clubs that do not respect sanitary rules”
Prime Minister Florin City announced on Monday that the Government has prepared an emergency ordinance to suspend activities of clubs and restaurants that do not respect the sanitary protection measures, in the event that the amendment made on this topic will not be supported in Parliament.
“We had an amendment which the MPs did not wish to submit. Mister Bode said very clearly today – if it will not be supported in Parliament, we have an emergency ordinance prepared, which will suspend the activity of those clubs that do not respect the current legislation, economic activities, it’s not only about clubs,” Citu said in Parliament.
He showed that this amendment targets to suspend activity, at first, by 2 weeks, and then for a longer term.
The Prime Minister highlighted that there is no argument for which the coalition MPs did not support this amendment.
“There is no argument at this time. We will get back to the amendment,” Citu also said.