COVID-19 in Croatia: Bars and Clubs to Close at Midnight

Daniela Rogulj



August 13, 2020 – Croatia recorded 180 new cases on Thursday, by far the most in the country since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic. The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, commented on the situation and announced new measures for COVID-19 in Croatia.

“We have to keep in mind the fact that we have given in to all social and economic activities and we have given in to tourism and we are very successful in that. We have more than 800,000 people on the coast and we expected an increase. This is a higher number and, of course, we are concerned, but we hope that with our new measures, we will be able to suppress that figure and reduce it to an acceptable level,” Capak said, as reported by

In a statement for Nova TV, he revealed that a new measure would come into force on Friday – restricting the work of clubs and cafes. Thus, bars and clubs will work until midnight.

“Yesterday we announced that the epidemiological service with the sanitary inspection could temporarily close clubs. Today, the Headquarters decided that will take effect tomorrow, and limiting the working hours of nightclubs, bars, and cafes will be valid for the next 10 days,” Capak explained, and added that clubs will not be able to work after midnight.

“I have to point out a few related facts about these 180 newly infected. It is an even younger age group than yesterday, averaging 31 years. Most of them can be connected with gatherings on the Adriatic coast,” Capak said. He added that the competent inspections would continue to control the work of caterers.

“As far as Slovenia is concerned, we are not on the red list. We spoke today with those responsible for the epidemiological situation in Slovenia,” revealed Krunoslav Capak.

So far, counting today, Croatia has had more than 100 new infections in one day seven times. To date, the record day was July 11, with 140 newly infected, yesterday was the second-highest in terms of the number of newly infected – 130, and on July 15, there were 126.

Croatia first recorded more than 100 new cases on July 10. There were 116 newly infected at the time. The same number was recorded on July 18.

Now, for the seventh time, Croatia recorded over 100 newly infected people in one day – as many as 180 – and this is the worst day since the beginning of the epidemic in Croatia.

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