Minister Says Cafe Owners’ Plans for Protests Pointless

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“Today new measures will be adopted for the enterprise sector in the context of the current epidemiological situation. Depending on the dynamic of those measures, the government will continually monitor the sector and look for funds to help it for as long as the restrictions are in force,” Ćorić told reporters ahead of a government session.

Asked if the current restrictions would be prolonged, he said that most of the measures would stay in force.

Asked if he would allow cafe owners to serve takeaway coffee, Ćorić said that it was one of the details discussed several times by epidemiologists sitting on the government’s advisory council and economists.

“We are fully aware that any relaxation that brings revenue to sectors means a slightly better status in the context of long-term survival. On the other hand, we are also aware of the argument presented by epidemiologists that the current situation is very sensitive, not only for Croatia but the whole of Europe,” said the minister, mentioning in that context the appearance of new virus strains.

When asked if he was afraid of protest activities announced by some cafe and restaurant owners, who have said that they will either reopen their businesses or take to the streets, Ćorić said that such announcements were irresponsible and pointless.

“Our primary concern should be people’s lives and health. That should be a priority to everyone,” he said, repeating that in the past months maximum effort had been made to save jobs.


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