DK asks EC to keep capacity in EU vaccine procurements for Hungary

Details on next stage of reopening released

Hungary will lift most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions once five million people have been vaccinated, the government portal said on Friday. Because it remains necessary to lift restrictions at a gradual pace, some of them will only be lifted for those who are immune to the virus, according to the portal.

Once vaccinations reach five million, the night-time curfew, the rules on outdoor mask-wearing and social distancing will be lifted effective of the next consecutive day.

However, physical distancing and mask-wearing will remain mandatory in shopping malls. Masks will also be required in enclosed areas in which people with Covid immunity may mix with people who haven’t been inoculated against the virus, such as on public transport and in shops, the government portal said.

Those between the ages of 16 and 18 will be allowed into restaurants without an adult accompanying them if they have an immunity certificate.

Wedding receptions will be limited to 200 people, while up to 50 people can attend private and family events. This restriction does not apply to wedding ceremonies or funerals.

Cultural events, with the exception of music and dance events, sporting events, indoor events and outdoor events with more than 500 people can be attended by those with immunity certificates and accompanied minors. Only people with vaccination certificates can attend music and dance events.

Professional athletes who are not immune to the virus will be allowed to compete at outdoor events with more than 500 people.

Outdoor events not considered family, private, cultural, sporting, music or dance events with less than 500 people can also be attended by those without an immunity certificate. If more people are present, the event can only be attended by those who are immune as well as minors accompanied by immune adults. If the event is organised indoors, it can only be attended by adults with immunity certificates and accompanied minors.

Unannounced gatherings remain banned.

The decree on the next stage of Hungary’s reopening to be published in the official gazette Magyar Kozlony will enter into force the day after the 5 millionth Covid vaccine is administered. Restrictions on gatherings, however, will expire after June 14.

DK asks EC to keep capacity in EU vaccine procurements for Hungary

The Hungarian Democratic Coalition opposition party has asked the European Commission to keep EU vaccine procurement capacity for Hungary, saying if there is a change of government in 2022, the new government would return to the EU vaccine procurement system.

Noting the government’s withdrawal from the EU’s vaccine procurement system, DK MEP Klara Dobrev told an online press briefing on Friday that Hungary will not receive any further Pfizer vaccine doses in the future.

Dobrev, who is DK’s prime ministerial candidate, added that she had sent a letter to the commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, with the request.

She slammed the government for the move, saying it was clear that the Pfizer vaccine was the most popular jab in Hungary, as well as being the only vaccine that currently can be administered to children, while it also protects against most virus variants.

Also, people who have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can travel freely in Europe, she added.

Romania lifts entry restrictions for travellers from Hungary

Entrants from Hungary are no longer required to stay in isolation in Romania or present negative Covid tests when travelling there, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.

Romania’s decision to list Hungary as a safe country is yet another achievement of Hungary’s vaccination drive, the minister said on Facebook.

Given the upcoming pilgrimage in Sumuleu Ciuc (Csiksomlyo), in northern Romania, “the timing of the decision could not be better,” he said.

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