New January COVID-19 Measures in Croatia from Today: What to Expect

Daniela Rogulj

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Given the large number of newly infected patients in Croatia, new epidemiological measures come into force on Monday, which will further restrict gatherings and ensure more intensive control of catering facilities.

According to a new decision by the National Civil Protection Headquarters, public gatherings and outdoor events for more than 50 people (so far 100) are prohibited, and those with Covid certificates and with the consent of local headquarters are limited to 200 people.

Indoor gatherings of more than 25 people (50 so far) are prohibited, and those with Covid confirmations are limited to 100 people.

The new measures are also in force for private gatherings, allowing a maximum of 20 people (so far 30). In cases where everyone has a Covid certificate, 50 people will be able to attend the private gathering.

No changes have been introduced in the work of catering facilities, but restrictions on the number of guests, maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 meters and using masks while sitting at a table, and ventilating and cleaning the premises will be more intensively controlled.

As of today, the number of spectators at sports competitions is limited, so a maximum of 20 percent of individual grandstands can be filled indoors, and up to 40 percent of outdoor grandstands.

Citizens must wear masks at religious ceremonies and art programs, cinema screenings and exhibitions, and at sessions of representative bodies regardless of having a Covid certificate.

Also, the obligation of employers to organize work from home whenever possible has been introduced.

Furthermore, Minister of Science and Education Radovan Fuchs reaffirmed the return to school classes in Croatia from Monday. He also added that there will be mandatory masks in Croatian schools for those in fifth grade and up, among other considerations.

According to the latest data, there were 44,633 people suffering from Covid-19 in Croatia on Sunday. Among them, 1,874 patients are in hospital, of which 242 are on respirators. There are currently 19,072 people in self-isolation. Nearly 45,000 new cases were reported last week, up 61 percent from the week before.

It is estimated that the new wave will put additional pressure on the health system, especially in Dalmatia.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, make sure to bookmark our dedicated section and choose your preferred language if it isn’t English.


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