New Measures Proposed for Split-Dalmatia County: Gyms to Close, Mandatory Masks Indoors

Daniela Rogulj



August 26, 2020 – The Split-Dalmatia County Civil Protection Headquarters held a press conference in Split on Wednesday about the new record number of coronavirus cases. 

“It’s not good. The average age of new patients is 35 years. There are five more newly ill health workers. Most are infected in Split, and many in Imotski. We have located hotspots in certain fitness centers, we still have data related to holding some family wedding gatherings,” said Zeljka Karin, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Headquarters. 

The local headquarters proposes that restrictive measures be introduced for 14 days. Increased control of civil protection is also required.

The measures are as follows:

– Protective masks are mandtory in all enclosed spaces where there are more than three people; in all catering facilities while there is no consumption of food and beverages. There must also be an increased implementation of epidemiological measures. The mask is not used when consuming drinks and food, but when someone gets up from the table, they must wear a mask.
– Holding weddings and wedding ceremonies up to a maximum of 50 people
– Family gatherings for up to 20 people
– Holding a funeral for up to 50 people, without expressing condolences
– No grief gatherings 
– Exhibitions, religious gatherings, social gatherings, events, manifestations and similar events must respect the obligatory wearing of protective masks and a distance of 2 meters and the use of disinfectants.
– Increased control over the implementation of measures by city and municipal civil protection headquarters, as well as event organizers
– It is proposed to close the work of gyms, fitness centers, as well as organized sports recreation
– Holding sports competitions without the presence of spectators
– It is forbidden for residents to leave nursing homes and other facilities that provide social services
– Organization of shift work wherever possible
– City and municipal headquarters are tasked with strengthening control over the implementation of epidemiological measures

“During the day, we will receive a response to our proposals. We propose a mandatory mask for 14 days indoors and in restaurants.

Restricting weddings to 50 people, funerals to 50 people without expressing condolences, without gatherings, family gatherings of up to 20 people; it is mandatory to wear masks at gatherings,” said Luka Brcic.

Mandatory wearing of masks in catering facilities refers to the time spent until food and drink are consumed.

It is proposed to close gyms and sports halls. A ban on visits to nursing homes is also sought.

“The facilities where the infected were detected are being closed. We demand that all events planned indoors be canceled, and that they can be held indoors, but with all these measures,” said Nino Vela.

Zeljka Karin explained that the younger population brought the coronavirus to fitness centers.

Asked if the infected people from Sinj were connected to Alka, Karin answered:

“We have data for certain infected people, there have been family contacts and younger people. We cannot say with certainty that they are from the Alka. We do not have any information that anyone became infected who was at the Alka.”

Diana Nonkovic, head of the epidemiological service of Split-Dalmatia County, said that they had large gatherings in the county such as Alka and Gospa, where there were a lot of people from all counties, and mentioned nightclubs. That is why it is not surprising that the number of new patients has increased, she added.

“We have ideas on how to reduce it, which we will present to the minister,” Nonkovic added.

Namely, 138 newly infected people are positive for coronavirus today, 63 from Split, 12 from Sinj, 10 from Imotski, 8 from Makarska, 8 from Solin, 4 from Podbablje and Prološac, 3 from Kaštela, Omiš, Trogir and Otok, two each from Vrgorac, Marina, Podstrana and Zmijavec and one person each from Hvar, Dugi Rat, Jelsa, Klis, Podgora, Runović, Šestanovac, Tučepi and Zagvozd.

For the first time, Sinj is behind Split with as many as 12 new patients. Recall, four cases of infection were recorded yesterday, and today it is three times more. There is a possibility that a bigger wave of infection could start in Sinj after the feast of the Assumption was celebrated 11 days ago when many did not adhere to the measures in the church.


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