PM Reassures Croatians that Restrictions Will Ease if Trends are Good

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“We are trying to overcome these (remaining) weeks of the winter and in the spring, immunisation, the responsible behaviour of citizens and the measures we are taking will make it possible for us to have a normal life, to bring the economy to life and to have a tourist season, also,” the premier said at the start of his cabinet’s meeting.

Plenković said that he had understanding for frustration and discontent, however, he called on the Croatians to have patience for some time still and then they could be looking forward to a normal life.

He explained that 15 February will be a new date for the assessment of the whole situation and if the trends were still good, restrictions could be relaxed.

Commenting on Wednesday’s rally organised by the Voice of Entrepreneur business association, when an estimated few thousand restaurateurs and business owners gathered to protest against the restrictions which they deemed discriminatory, Plenković recalled that many European Union member-state had tightened their restrictions, while Croatia was able to gradually ease some of the measures and allowed the return of students to schools.

Protests and demonstrations are normal in a democracy, the government is at ease with that, Plenković said. 

However, the same protagonists who recently tried to pressurise the government to impose a total lockdown, now want the immediate reopening of everything. This is impossible, not because we do not want that but because it is not realistic, he said.


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