Croatian Coronavirus Measures: Who Might Return to Work First?

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of April, 2020, how will we live after the coronavirus measures are eased? Will we be able to go to work, to the dentist or the doctor, or to the hairdresser? Will we be able to have a drink in a cafe? Will we be able to go on holiday? Human health is paramount, and any loosening of the anti-epidemic measures will be in line with the epidemiological situation and therefore there is no need to rush to undo all that has been achieved in Croatia, Vecernji list writes.

Workers from counties that have a good epidemiological situation, but also those whose industries are at risk and are facing a greater number of layoffs, will be able to return to work first. Metalworkers in Međimurje and employees of agricultural and food processing facilities in Slavonia have been mentioned as the possible first returnees to work.

The arrival of tourists in Croatia also depends on the travel regimes of other countries, but the domestic tourism industry is waiting for signs to begin appearing. For the Ministry of Tourism, it is difficult to expect any significant changes until June, the second scenario, after relying on Croatian tourists, would mean relying on grabbing some overnight stays in the second part of the summer and during the postseason, and no one wants to even think about the third, worst scenario.

The safest way to get to the Croatian coast will however be by car. Travelling along Croatia’s motorways to the coast this summer will be cheaper than before. The government is considering reducing the price of tolls for the summer months by 10 to 20 percent, primarily to encourage Croatian tourists to go on holidays within their own borders.

Hairdressing salons are likely going to need to wait a little longer in Croatia to open their doors again, and when opened, they will only be able to accommodate a small number of people in them with mandatory safeguards such as full protective equipment and the proper disinfection of all equipment. The first hairdressers will open in Denmark on Monday, then the Austrians and the Germans will follow.

This summer – as things stand – Croatia can quite simply forget about concerts and festivals, Vecernji writes. The way things are at the moment, the borders will remain closed, so you won’t be able to enter Croatia or leave the country, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) stated.

Make sure to follow our dedicated section for all you need to know about coronavirus in Croatia.


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