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May 01, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Schools to remain closed in May

Gergely Gulyás has said schools will remain closed in May and the government will decide at a later date on whether to reopen them in June.

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, has said schools will remain closed in May and the government will decide at a later date on whether to reopen them in June.

According to MTI, Gulyás said the education system was ready to administer the secondary school final examinations starting on Monday, adding that the exams would be held in such a way as to minimize health risks to the greatest extent possible. Over 97 percent of school-leavers have chosen to take the exams now, while the rest can take them in the autumn.

Gulyás added that a ban on holding public events with more than 500 participants will stay in effect until August 15.

The minister said the government has also decided to lift curfew measures and introduce more lenient regulations outside Budapest and Pest County, but warned that preventive measures should continue to be observed. Outside the capital and Pest County, the terraces of restaurants, hotels and cafés will be allowed to re-open from May 4.

Gulyás said that free parking will be maintained across the country. He argued that the measure had not brought about a significant increase in traffic, while it has helped people avoid having to use public transport.

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