Operational Group: New protection measures in Budapest starting Friday

Outdoor cultural and sports events can be held again and hotels can reopen, but people must continue to practice social distancing, officials announced at today’s Coronavirus Operational Group presser. They also reported that the data show that those who have had the disease should remain protected against the virus for a long time.


At today’s press conference of the Operational Group, Róbert Kiss, lieutenant colonel of the Hungarian Police, announced that a new phase of protection measures will enter into force in Budapest on Friday. “This means that people can go and eat inside restaurants and hotels can reopen as well,” he said.

“Starting on Thursday, outdoor sports and cultural events can also be held, and people can visit outdoor exhibitions at national parks,” he continued. Kiss added that “social distancing must be kept everywhere,” and it is the organizers’ duty to ensure that all visitors are healthy and maintain social distancing. The lieutenant colonel also drew attention to the fact that it is still forbidden to take part in or organize music or dance events at indoor venues.

János Szlávik, chief physician of the Department of the National Institute of Hematology and Infectious Diseases at South Pest Central Hospital, reported that the number of deaths in Hungary is not high compared to the population; however, many people are still being treated in intensive care units. “There is a possibility that there are tens of thousands of people who have already undergone the coronavirus epidemic without any symptoms,” he said, adding that children especially often go through the disease asymptomatically but can still infect others.

Szlávik also pointed out that “there have been no re-infections among recovered patients in Hungary,” which indicates that anyone who has had the disease is presumed to remain protected against the virus for a long time.