18:43 / 31.08.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Cafes, bars and restaurants will re-open indoor spaces tomorrow

Downtown Zagreb

Downtown Zagreb

Foto: Neva Zganec / PIXSELL

668 positive coronavirus test results have been registered over the past 24 hours, with a test positivity rate of just under 7%. As of Wednesday (September 1st), service sector businesses will be re-opening their closed spaces.

The mass vaccination campaign continues, with epidemiologists considering introducing a third dose of the vaccine. Epidemiologist at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Dr. Dijana Mayer: "So, it is very likely that we will begin administering a third dose in the fall. And this will be targeted towards elderly patients, those with compromised immune systems, and with severe chronic illnesses."


Roughly 70 percent of the European Union's adult population is fully vaccinated. The European Commission has now set the target of vaccinating 70 percent of people over the age of 18 by the end of September. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: "But the pandemic is not over, and we must remain vigilant. So, first of all we need many more Europeans to get vaccinated rapidly to avoid a new wave of infections and stop the emergence of new variants. And I call on everyone who can to get vaccinated. This is the only way to protect yourself, and the others. And secondly, we need to help the rest of the world vaccinate to."


Meanwhile, in spite of a week-to-week increase in new positive test results, as of tomorrow, cafes, bars and restaurants will be able to re-open their indoor spaces for business. This also means that they will no longer qualify for government's aid measures, which is not welcome news to employers. The vice-president of the Independent Association of Caterers, Dražen Biljan: "What we are asking for, and which has already been agreed to and has been functioning perfectly for more than a year now, is aid for preserving jobs in line with the percentage of our lost turnover. The levels of lost turnover defined when the job preservation measures began were too high."


The president of the Independent Association of Caterers in Zagreb, Žakline Troskot, says that the sector’s losses are too big to overcome without aid: "Our losses are massive. Over these past eighteen months we have worked 50 percent less than usual. It will be difficult to recoup this loss. Ten thousand jobs in the service sector were lost, meaning that people moved to some other sector because the simply couldn't survive with these measures."


Labour Minister Josip Aladrović said today that another round of consultations will be held, but added that many sectors are now back to 2019 levels and as such only those that need government support will receive the assistance: "What we can say that we see right now as the most vulnerable sectors, are those that are tied to extremely large gatherings, such as the organizers of sporting and cultural events, the entire event industry, travel agencies and maybe one segment of the transport sector. Those are the most vulnerable sectors."


Source: HRT

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