Lockdown in Croatia: Which Types of Store Will Remain Open?

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March 19, 2020 – A significant lockdown in Croatia came into effect at midnight. What exactly will remain open for people in terms of shops and facilities?

A very different feel this morning as people woke up to a significant lockdown in Croatia, as new emergency measures announced yesterday came into effect.  

So what exactly is still open, what is closed, and what are the current social distancing and social gathering rules? Index has summarised the list below.

From today, it is mandatory to strictly adhere to anti-epidemic measures and strict social distance measures.

A strict measure of social distance requires avoiding close personal contact at a distance of at least two (2) meters indoors and one (1) meter outdoors.

The anti-epidemic measures required by this Decision are: a ban on holding all public events and the gathering of more than 5 persons in one place and the suspension of trade activities except:

grocery store

food and hygiene items

market and fish market   

specialized stores selling and dispensing (pharmacies)   

specialized stores selling and dispensing veterinary medicinal products   

agricultural pharmacies   

gas stations   




specialized stores selling orthopedic and other aids   

specialized baby equipment stores   

specialized animal feed stores   

issuance of construction materials based on retail order   

logistic and distribution centers for food, beverages and hygiene products   


post offices 


Which activities have been suspended with the lockdown in Croatia?

work of all cultural activities (museums, theaters, cinemas, libraries, reading rooms) and the suspension of exhibitions, shows and fairs   

operation of catering establishments of all categories, with the exception of food preparation and delivery services, accommodation services and work of public and student kitchens   

operation of service activities in which close contact with customers (eg hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, pedicures, massage parlors, saunas, swimming pools)   

all sports competitions and organized trainings and shutdowns of gyms, sports centers, fitness and recreation centers   

holding children’s and other workshops and organized dance schools   

work of driving schools and foreign language schools   

religious gatherings

The government now has an official website for the crisis, where you can find the latest about the lockdown in Croatia, as well as all other updates. The website is in Croatian, but Google Translate is your friend. 

For the latest on the coronavirus crisis in English, follow the dedicated TCN section.


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