Coronavirus: Crikvenica Removes Requirement for Compulsory Masks

Lauren Simmonds



The argument of ”to wear or not to wear” when it comes to masks has been going on ever since the coronavirus pandemic penetrated Croatia’s borders. While some are die hard fans of masks, in the firm belief that it will help to at least prevent some transmission of the new coronavirus, others are staunchly against their use, for their own reasons. 

Following the introduction of Croatia’s formerly stringent anti-epidemic measures, a lot of misunderstanding took place, with some people reporting that certain shops, banks and in particular post offices, weren’t allowing people to even enter without either wearing a mask or covering their nose and mouth with some sort of material. This wasn’t the law, yet it happened anyway and the decision seemed to fall on owners and management.

Crikvenica, however, was the only town in all of Croatia to actually make the wearing of masks in public mandatory. As of today, that rule has been scrapped.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 19th of May, 2020, the measure in Crikvenica was initially passed back in late March, but it has now been repealed due to the improved epidemiological situation in the county, but also across the entire country.

At its regular meeting at the end of March, the Civil Protection Headquarters of Crikvenica adopted special measures for the area of the Crikvenica, and it was stated that an decision has been introduced which made it mandatory to wear a face mask in open spaces and public spaces (such as in shops, various institutions, etc.).

Given the overall situation with the coronavirus in Croatia and especially in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, which has so far had some very good results, yesterday, at a meeting of the Civil Protection Headquarters of Crikvenica, they decided to abolished the obligation to wear masks and it has now been reduced to the level of recommendation.

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