Coronavirus in Istria: Cafes, Restaurants to Close for Month

Lauren Simmonds

As Index writes on the 14th of March, 2020, the Civil Protection Headquarters in Istria held a press conference in Pula about the ongoing situation with coronavirus in Istria.

The headquarters said police and sanitary inspections are checking that citizens are properly complying with self-isolation instructions and are imposing penalties on those individuals if they fail to comply.

Coronavirus in Istria will see cafes and restaurants close their doors to the public for one month.

Chief of Staff Dino Kozlevac said that new measures will be come into force tomorrow, meaning they will be fully effective from March the 15th, 2020, and that shopping centres must also make sure to adhere to the instructions that have been issued.

They must control how many people enter the centres at one, and lines must be drawn up at the cash registers to indicate how far people have to keep away from each other.

The centres will be allowed to operate until 18:00 only, as will grocery stores, petrol stations and smaller shops operating within petrol stations.

All hospitality facilities will be closed until April the 14th, 2020. Hairdressers and similar places will also need to cease to operate until April the 14th, 2020.

Food delivery services and soup kitchens may be allowed to continue their operations.

At the end of the press conference, they said that they weren’t prepared to just wait for the situation to become worse and that they want to tey to prevent the situation from worsening beforehand.

Kozlovec said about 1,000 people in Istria County are under self-isolation measures and that some of them aren’t respecting self-isolation and have just been walking around as normal, so the police have started going out and controlling them.

Make sure to follow our dedicated page for more on coronavirus in Istria and Croatia.


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