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CNSU adopts new measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: Obligation to wear a protective mask only of medical or FFP2 type in all closed and open public spaces

The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) adopted in Wednesday’s meeting the decision on the proposal to extend the state of alert and the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to it, “it is proposed to maintain the obligation to wear a protective mask only of medical or FFP2 type, so as to cover the mouth and nose, in all closed and open public spaces, under the conditions established by the joint order of the Ministers of Health and Interior.”

The following categories of persons will be exempted from this measure:

 

– children under the age of 5;

– people who are alone in the office;

– TV presenters and their guests, provided that the distance of 3 meters between persons is observed;

– the representatives of the religious cults, during the services, provided that the distance of 3 meters between the persons is observed;

– speakers in closed or open spaces, provided that the distance of at least 3 meters is observed between them and any of the other persons in the audience;

– persons who carry out intense physical activities and / or in demanding working conditions (high temperatures, high humidity, etc.) or sports activities.

 

Holding activities at capacity of 50% and reduced to 30% if incidence exceeds 1/1000

 

The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) proposes that a series of activities, such as sports or cultural competitions, be allowed at a capacity of 50%, if the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 1/1,000 inhabitants.

If this rate increases, participation will be allowed only up to 30% of the maximum capacity of the spaces.

It is further proposed that participation will be permitted only for persons who are vaccinated, who show negative RT-PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours), or for those have gone through the disease.

The only exception to the 1/1000 incidence rate is for economic operators in the preparation, marketing and consumption of food and / or alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, such as restaurants and cafes. In their case, the activity will be allowed up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space in the time interval 5.00-22.00 in the counties / localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 3/1,000 inhabitants.

If the incidence rate is higher than 3/1,000 inhabitants, the activity of restaurants and terraces will be allowed up to 30% of the maximum capacity.

At the same time, according to the CNSU proposal, sports competitions, in closed or open spaces, will be organized only between 5.00-22.00, with the participation of spectators up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space, ensuring a minimum distance of 2 meters between people and wearing a protective mask, in the counties / localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 1/1,000 inhabitants.

If the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is greater than 1/1,000 inhabitants, the participation of spectators will be allowed up to 30% of the maximum capacity of the space.

 

Weekly testing of all employees in critical infrastructures

 

The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) proposes that the authorities and economic operators in critical infrastructures take measures for the weekly testing of all employees.

CNSU adopted in Wednesday’s meeting the proposal to extend the state of alert throughout the country, for a period of 30 days, starting January 8th.

“The proposal is that, in order to prevent the disturbance of the activity of the authorities/economic operators in critical infrastructures, by administrative acts of their managers, additional measures be ordered to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections like the weekly testing of all employees, introducing shifts to avoid contact between them or using a higher degree of protection masks (FFP2) in crowded areas,” the document states.

At the same time, CNSU proposes to maintain the obligation to organize the work schedule in telework or work at home regime for at least 50pct of the employees, and where the specific activity does not allow telework or work at home, the work schedule should be modified so that it starts at 07.30 am and 10.00 am, respectively, or in shifts.

The measures proposed by the CNSU decision will only produce effects if they are approved by a normative acts of the Government or, as the case may be, of the heads of the ministries or bodies of the central public administration.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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