Minister Bozinovic Reveals How Long We’ll Need to Wear Masks For

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on July the 16th, 2020 – Decisions, as they state from the National Civil Protection Headquarters, must be respected. A recent guest of RTL Danas (Today) was Minister Bozinovic, who further clarified the latest anti-epidemic measures.

”You know that our approach is oriented towards raising people’s awareness. At this time when science is confirming something to us, and science knows about the issue of masks, given that we know that this is a virus we’re up against, initially, the World Health Organisation gave two interpretations, but now it’s consensually accepted that masks do protect us, especially if they’re worn indoors

Our goal is for people to accept this fact as something that can protect them and others from them when it comes to coronavirus transmission. We’ll do everything so that we don’t have to come to a situation where people are being punished. However, if someone consciously doesn’t want to wear a mask, which is obligatory and not wearing one endangers people’s health indoors, then it’s likely that the competent authorities will need to take some additional actions,” said Minister Bozinovic.

He also described what it would look like if someone didn’t have a mask on, yet wanted to obtain some sort of service, such as going shopping or needing to visit various administrative institutions.

“In that case, they mustn’t receive that service, it’s now the responsibility of the institution to which the person came and the counter officer to help someone who could endanger their own health. There are legal solutions for those situations as well,” Minister Bozinovic said.

He also explained the laws under which offenders will be punished.

“There’s also the Law on the Civil Protection System, the Law on the Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases, so, what you’re saying goes towards a violation against public order and peace. But let’s leave it to life, and I hope that life will teach us in this new normal that masks will need to be worn by everyone because it’s actually good for everyone,” Minister Bozinovic explained.

He also said how long the masks will have to be worn in Croatia for.

“Until a solution is found for this virus is found, and if the scientific community doesn’t change its mind [on the issue of masks], then it will last until the end of the epidemic is declared,” Bozinovic concluded.

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