As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian MP Miro Bilj told reporters that the behaviour exhibited by the Civil Protection Directorate has been disgraceful and that they’re a political body making political decisions.
According to him, despite the decision of the National Civil Protection Directorate on the limited gathering of people in Sinj during the Alka festivities which were traditionally held recently, the square in Sinj was full of people all night like never before.
“If I need to be prosecuted, then I’m more than ready for that if it means protecting my fellow citizens,” Croatian MP Miro Bulj said, explaining his attitude during the recent festivities.
He also commented on the gathering during the Peljesac bridge ceremony, saying: ”Coronavirus must have died on Peljesac bridge and come back to life in Sinj. When Thompson plays in Sinj then coronavirus becomes interested in it and with other events, it isn’t as curious. Maybe I’m the one who is really bothering them and not coronavirus,” Bulj added.
According to MP Nina Raspudic (MOST), the rules regarding the epidemiological measures are not the same for all, and he says that “it hurts people”.
“The last decision on epidemiological measures isn’t being made by epidemiologists but by politics, that is, it’s being made by another profession,” said Raspudic.
“Don’t get me wrong, it would never occur to me to start meddling and commenting on a profession such as epidemiology, but I have the right to make a political comment on a political decision,” he added.
The Croatian Institute of Public Health: If the National Civil Protection Directorate set a precedent, it would be discriminatory towards other catering and hospitality enterprises located down on the coast, as well as those operating inland.
On Saturday, Marija Bubas, assistant director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ), confirmed that the request of the City of Sinj to allow local hospitality enterprises to work for longer during the festivities and after midnight was ultimately rejected.
”If the Civil Protection Directorate allowed such a precedent, then it would be discriminatory towards others working on the coast and inland who are currently allowed to work only until midnight,” Bubas told HINA. In such a case, as she said, working after midnight should be allowed to others, in which case one important epidemiological measure related to the control of gatherings would actually need to be abolished.
“The work of catering and hospitality facilities is gathering of many people in a smaller space and without masks due to the consumption of drinks. The abolition of such an epidemiological measure would lead to a significant deterioration of the epidemiological situation and a potential abrupt interruption of the tourist season,” warned Bubas.
Despite the explanations, Croatian MP Miro Bulj continues to feel less than convinced about the intent behind the actions and decisions passed by those in power.
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