Number of inoculated reaches 5.5 million, masks no longer mandatory

The number of people inoculated against the coronavirus has reached 5.5 million in Hungary and masks are not mandatory from Saturday, the government website said.

Interior Minister Sandor Pinter has announced in an official decree that the number of inoculated had reached 5.5 million, allowing the sixth phase of the gradual easing of restrictions to enter into force on Saturday, the website said.

Mask-wearing in shops and on public transport will no longer be mandatory, though the rule remains in force in social care settings and hospitals.

Immunity certificates will not be required for the use of catering establishments, accommodation services, leisure facilities and for cultural events and performances with pre-booked seats.

Shops will not be required to maintain restrictions on the number of customers and social distancing rules.

One hundred people will be allowed to attend private events, up from 50, and the limit for weddings will go up from 200 to 400 people.

Immunity certificates will still be required for participation in sporting, music and dance events, as well as concerts held indoors and outdoor events with more than 500 spectators.

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