The National Civil Protection Directorate announced on Friday that as of September 1st, cafes will be able to open entirely, meaning the closed spaces as well as their patios. The measure will not apply to clubs, which will still have to operate exclusively on their outdoor premises.
The work curfew of midnight will remain in place, and the Croatian Institute for Public Health has announced that it will issue additional recommendations for work indoors. In spite of these details, the service sector is delighted with the latest easing of measures.
Additional easing of measures is also in the works, according to the director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, the National Civil Protection Directorate is considering extending the validity of the COVID certificate, which currently last only nine months: “Based on what we know from indicators and the available literature, we feel that there is no need to limit their scope to nine months, and we will definitely extend their validity.”
The head of the National Civil Protection Directorate, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović noted added that currently the directorate is not considering expanding the application of the certificates: “Right now we are not considering broadening their use. They are in use, and at any time, if we feel there is a need to do so, we can further activate them.”
Meanwhile, Health Minister Vili Beroš once again made the case for citizens to get vaccinated: “Some hospitals and clinics, such as Šibenik General Hospital, Dubrava Clinical Hospital and the Special Hospital for Lung Disease in Zagreb, have a situation where all of their coronavirus patients are unvaccinated. Is than not a sufficient argument? Does this not say enough about how effective the vaccines are?”
The three members of the directorate concluded that regular testing for those who have not been vaccinated is an option, and that reducing the cost of testing is being considered.
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