Gergely Gulyas – Photo: MTI

Schools, kindergartens to open if inoculations reach 2.5 million

Decision on reopening shops expected on Friday

A decision on reopening shops in Hungary is expected at the meeting of the operative board in charge of handling the coronavirus epidemic on Friday, the prime minister's chief of staff told an online press conference on Thursday.

Gergely Gulyas said the operative board was looking into a proposal of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which would only allow one customer per 10 square meters into shops.

Gulyas said such a regulation would be welcome, but “it cannot be estimated how many people would queue up with Easter coming up”.

Schools and kindergartens in Hungary could open on April 19th the latest, possibly on April 12. Teachers will be inoculated before the reopening, he said. Reopening is conditional on the number of those vaccinated reaching 2.5 million nationwide, Gergely Gulyas said and called on teachers to register for receiving the vaccine.

Hungary’s health-care system is equipped and staffed to “work hard and treat everyone,” Gulyas said.

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