On Wednesday Croatian Parliament approved new and expanded authorities to the National Crisis Center. The new powers allowed the center to adopt a decision to close down all non-essential services.
Based on the National Crisis Center’s new expanded powers, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović, who heads up the crisis center, announced on Wednesday that all non-essential services, including bars and restaurants will be close for a thirty day period as of Thursday.
"All non-essential stores are being shut down. We're not going just sit here and let this stand for the proposed 30 days. We're going to make daily assessments, which means that it can be adjusted, extended, or annulled altogether depending on how the situation develops," Božinović said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić presented to MPs a package of legislative changes and measures aimed at limiting the damage to the economy and preserving jobs. The prime minister called for and received support across the aisle.
"Only if we as a society show solidarity will we be able to better survive this crisis. And it is important for all of us to bear the burden equally. This war against the coronavirus will only be won if we stand united. If we do not stand united we will have bigger problems and bigger losses," Plenković told MPs.
In his address to the nation about the coronavirus situation on Wednesday evening President Zoran Milanović said he supported government’s measures: "The economic damage will definitely be significant, we simply have to accept that fact. I support government's temporary measures. Their ultimate effect on monetary policy and the budget will become evident from day to day and week to week. These measures will definitely change, as the fight against the virus changes. I am encouraged by the fact that we are doing much the same as our neighbors and other EU member states."
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