Croatian Anti-Epidemic Measures to Alter as of Friday – The Details

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the epidemiological picture across the country is improving and as such, Croatian anti-epidemic measures are loosening. Among other things, that loosening up refers to increasing the number of people permitted weddings to 100 (or more, more details can be found here), opening up the closed parts of restaurants again and longer working hours for hospitality and catering facilities until 23:00. Outdoor fairs will also be allowed to operate. The relaxation of the current Croatian anti-epidemic measures will be valid from Friday.

The changes set to come into force on Friday the 28th of May as far as coronavirus measures are concerned are as follows:

Gatherings – more than 100 people will be allowed to gather in one place and the ban on private gatherings and ceremonies will be lifted.

Public events and gatherings of all kinds will be allowed to go on until 23:00.

There will be no more restrictions on the number of people allowed to be present at funerals.

The working hours of bakeries, catering and hospitality facilities and family farms (OPGs) will be extended to 23:00, instead of the current 22:00.

Alcoholic beverages may be sold from 06:00 to 23:00.

The suspension of the operation of dance schools will be lifted, and it will be possible to hold playrooms and workshops operating indoors. The training ban is set to remain in place for school halls.

In addition, catering and hospitality facilities will be permitted to serve guests indoors, not just outside on the terraces as before. This primarily involves restaurants, as well as those facilities in the category of bars, pubs, cafes and coffee bars if they serve some sort of food or desserts to guests.

Cafes and facilities that only serve drinks can still only operate outdoors on terraces. The reason for this difference is because the catering and hospitality facilities that have the minimum technical conditions for serving hot and cold dishes must meet stricter sanitary requirements and undergo special systematic controls, which is important from an epidemiological point of view.

The suspension of wedding ceremonies would still be in effect, but could take place with a maximum of 120 guests present, and they would have to report to the competent civil service and county directorate no later than five days before the start of the event, Bozinovic said, adding that people must either be fully vaccinated, have a negative test result or proof that they have already recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. A list of all guests along with their first and last names and OIBs must be submitted to the county civil protection directorate.

As far as passenger transport is concerned as Croatian anti-epidemic measures change again, the 40 percent passenger seat limit will be lifted but the obligation to wear masks while on board is set to remain.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and test centres up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.


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