Zagreb, 20 November 2020 (Hina/MIA) — Croatia’s national coronavirus response team adopted new measures on Friday after those in place failed to reduce the number of new infections and ease the burden on the hospital system, and they will be in force from midnight on Saturday until Dec. 15, the head of the response team Davor Bozinovic announced at a press conference.
“We have been saying for the past ten days or so that unless we see a decline this week — and we obviously haven’t — the response team will consider new measures. These measures have been agreed today,” Bozinovic said.
The new measures restrict the number of people attending a public event or gathering to 25 instead of 50 as has been the case so far.
The number of people attending a wedding will be restricted to 15 instead of 30.
No more than 25 people will be allowed to attend a funeral, compared to 30 so far, and they will not be allowed to express their condolences through close contact.
Private events will be restricted to 10 instead of 15 persons, and sporting competitions may only be held without spectators.
Nightclubs, casinos and gaming arcades will be closed down, while other hospitality establishments will be allowed to stay open until 10 pm, clearly displaying the maximum number of guests allowed on their premises at any one time in accordance with the recommendations of the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ). Such notices will also have to be displayed by retail stores and shopping malls.
Gatherings not limited to 25 persons, such as professional art performances, film screenings, religious ceremonies, and meetings of legislatures, will be subject to additional restrictions. The number of persons in attendance will depend on the size of the space, with four square meters ensured for each person.
Sales of alcoholic drinks will be banned from 10 pm until 6 am. The ban will be enforced by civil protection personnel, police officers, and state inspectors.
Bozinovic said the national response team had approved tighter restrictions for Varazdin and Osijek-Baranja Counties and the City of Daruvar following proposals from their respective local response teams.
As for financial compensation to hospitality establishments that would not be able to work due to the new restrictions, Bozinovic said such compensation already existed and the matter would be discussed with the government to find a viable solution in dialogue with industry representatives.
HZJZ director Krunoslav Capak said the number of new coronavirus cases in Croatia continued to be high, but was keeping level with no upticks.
The current 14-day incidence rate is 837.7 cases per 100,000 people, which ranks Croatia 22nd among the 27 EU member states.
The incidence rate is highest in northern Medjimurje and Varazdin Counties and lowest in Istria County, Capak said.
The incidence rate in the two northern counties is twice as high as the national average, he added.
Capak said that currently the average age of newly infected persons was 43.4 years and that of hospitalized persons was 62 years, while the average age of people who had died of coronavirus-related causes was 76.