Split Mayor: We Have a Sociological Issue – People, Stay Home!

Daniela Rogulj

March 20, 2020 – The Split Mayor has a message to all citizens – Stay Home!

From Thursday, Croatian citizens began life under a coronavirus lockdown. The borders are closed, everything that isn’t deemed necessary to work isn’t operating, gatherings of more than five people are banned, and social distancing must continue at least one meter away, reports Slobodna Dalmacija and Dalmatinski Portal.

As a guest on the HTV program Otvoreno, answering the question of how Split is coping with these new, restrictive measures imposed because of the danger of the coronavirus pandemic, Split Mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara said:

“In addition to the fact that this crisis is certainly a health and economic problem, it is also a sociological phenomenon. Unlike the Prime Minister and the four-member Staff, I will say something that is neither calm nor laid-back. It is not clear to me how people do not realize the gravity of the situation and still walk the streets. Today the promenade on Žnjan was full of people. People are walking around Marjan. Buses full of pensioners. 

We have sociological issues and by no means are the people listening to the nice, suggestive messages of the National Headquarters. If we want to overcome the crisis, we have to listen to the HQ, stay home. Stay home, especially the elderly. You have your neighbors, people you live with, and Red Cross activists to help you. Walking around town is incomprehensible to me.”

He also spoke about what was being done to avoid an economic disaster.

“The City of Split has already adopted a package of measures of HRK 150 million, a total of 11 measures. Among other things, no rent will be charged to outlets in City areas; furthermore, we will not go into enforcement. We must preserve the private sector, we must not allow ourselves to be the biggest loser. In addition to the scientific problem, we have an economic one. Tomorrow, my advisory team will meet and in parallel, we will align ours with the measures taken by the Government,” explained Opara.

The director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health and a member of the national crisis staff, Krunoslav Capak, said that staying outside can be beneficial if the weather is nice, but only with precautionary measures.

“Unfortunately, colder weather will come from Sunday and we will prepare a set of recommendations for behavior indoors,” he said and explained that not all Covid-19 patients need to be hospitalized.

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