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May 18, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Restrictions lifted in Budapest

The rules of easing the lockdown that came into effect in the countryside from May 4 will come into effect in the capital today, but social distancing measures will continue to apply.

 

The rules of easing the lockdown that came into effect in the countryside from May 4 will come into effect in the capital today, but social distancing measures will continue to apply.

It will be compulsory to wear a mask in shops and on public transport in Budapest in order to prevent the spread of the infection. Public areas, parks and outdoor playgrounds can be visited from today.

People over the age of 65 will continue to be allowed to visit groceries, drugstores and pharmacies between 9am and noon and everyone else during the remaining opening hours, but municipalities have the right to set different rules for the opening hours of markets.

All shops and service providers will be allowed to open, and at restaurants, cafes and bars, the outdoor areas and terraces can be opened in the capital. Outdoor swimming pools, museums and the zoo can reopen to visitors.

Religious services, weddings and funerals attended by up to 200 people will be permitted from June 1 outside of the capital and after June 15 in Budapest. Family events can also be held at hotels and restaurants. Catering units will not have to pay a fee for using public spaces for their terraces from Monday until September 1 because they have suffered huge losses.

Universities can be reopened in Budapest, but this will require the decision of the rector everywhere. It is still prohibited to visit student accommodation establishments.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu