ZAGREB, October 29, 2020 – Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said on Thursday that any new epidemic measures would only be more restrictive that those currently in place, but did not specify whether and when they would be imposed, saying that this would depend on further developments.
“Any new measures that may be adopted in the coming days or longer may only be more restrictive considering the present epidemiological situation, but I will not be more specific because you more or less know the direction in which new measures would go,” Bozinovic told the press ahead of a regular cabinet meeting.
He was asked whether and when restrictions such as those imposed in France and Germany could be expected in Croatia.
Bozinovic recalled that the national coronavirus response team had adopted a set of measures earlier this week to contain the coronavirus epidemic. Possible new measures would depend on the numbers of new infections, the infection growth rate and the burden this puts on the healthcare system, he added.
The minister also commented on the gathering of hundreds of Hajduk Football Club fans in Split on Wednesday evening to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Torcida fan club. Asked who was responsible that the gathering took place despite the restrictions in force, Bozinovic said that the responsibility lay with those who assembled there.
“We know that any gathering of more than 50 people has to be reported in advance. I believe that, if the gathering wasn’t reported to it, and I presume it wasn’t, the local coronavirus response team will take the measures provided for under the law,” the minister said.
Bozinovic noted that “we will have a problem as long as there are people who think it is all right to gather together in large numbers and have close contacts without maintaining a distance.”
He concluded by saying that other measures could be used to prevent such behaviour, but “repression should be a last resort.”