Haste would compromise results achieved so far, state secretary says

Restaurants to reopen only once mass vaccinations under way

Reopening restaurants and other catering facilities will depend on how quickly Hungary can get hold of vaccines and have its population vaccinated, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications and relations, told MTI on Monday.

Kovacs called the impatience of Hungarian caterers understandable, adding that the pandemic had hit the sector all over Europe.

“The vaccine is the key,” he said, adding that catering facilities would gradually reopen once mass vaccinations are under way.

Kovacs noted that some European countries had restarted the sector prematurely, triggering a third wave of the epidemic and forced them to close the catering units again.

Kovacs said that the situation in Hungary was “quite promising”, and the restrictions in place were containing the epidemic, adding that haste would compromise results achieved so far and the summer catering season as a whole.

As vaccines from Brussels are in short supply, the government is negotiating with other potential suppliers, Kovacs said, noting that it had reached an agreement on the deliveries of Russian vaccines and would be prepared to purchase Chinese vaccines as soon as possible.

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