PM Plenkovic Wants Less Measures, Headquarters Not in Agreement

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, PM Plenkovic and government ministers from various economic departments want to start gradually opening Croatia up again after the existing restrictive measures expire on January the 31st, since the trends in regard to new coronavirus infection cases over recent weeks have been more than good, but the Civil Protection Headquarters and Croatia’s epidemiologists are very careful about the new strains of the virus which have emerged. They are not yet ready to open Croatia’s doors yet again and are pushing for the existing measures to be extended for another month to two.

That’s why today’s meeting will be absolutely crucial, during which PM Plenkovic and his ministers will talk to members of the Civil Protection Staff and epidemiologists, and at which it will be decided in which direction the current measures will be relaxed. Interlocutors from the Croatian Government have revealed to Jutarnji list that the gradual easing of the measures should go in the direction of all students going to school, allowing recreational sports, as well as the opening of fitness centres, gyms and sports centres with strict measures implied. Epidemiologists will talk to representatives of the catering and hospitality sector who will discuss the possibility of allowing the opening of terraces for restaurants and cafes.

If, on the other hand, members of the Civil Protection Headquarters are asked about the possibility of easing restrictive measures on February the 1st, they say that this will only be discussed, but that they will take the position that greater concessions shouldn’t be made for as long as the risk of a mutated form of the virus remains present. The mutated virus has emerged elsewhere in Europe, primarily in the UK, which is why many countries are prolonging or even tightening their measures.

Although the Minister of Science and Education Radovan Fuchs says that he expects and believes that all schools will open on February the 1st, ie that classes will be attended live, the members of the Civil Protection Staff advocate the thesis that we should be patient for another month or two when Croatia will enter the “safe zone”. .

In the event that even after February the 1st, children in the upper grades of primary and secondary school continue to attend classes online, according to the Headquarters, they would be allowed to go to sport-related extracurricular activities.

The interlocutors from the economic part of the Government also confirm that they are uncompromising in Civil Protection Headquarters regarding the gradual easing of the measures. Although they are constantly talking to the them about about it, they are, as they say, quite firm in their beliefs that it shouldn’t yet happen.

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