Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović (Photo: Emica Elvedji/PIXSELL) Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović (Photo: Emica Elvedji/PIXSELL)

Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and the head of the National Civil Protection Directorate, Davor Božinović, announced on Friday that the new measures will include further reducing the number of people allowed at public and private gatherings: “Limiting public gatherings to twenty-five people instead of the previous fifty, limiting weddings to fifteen people, funerals to twenty-five people, and private gatherings to ten people.”

He added that the new measures also require stores, theaters and places of worship to ensure four square meters of space per-person. Some businesses will be shuttered entirely, others will have the working hours limited: “Nightclubs, bars and casinos will be closed outright, while restaurants and cafes will have to close at ten PM.”

The opposition, albeit for different reasons, are united in criticizing the work of the National Civil Protection Directorate, saying that the directorate has been politicized and has ignored the advice of medical experts. Domagoj Hajduković from the SDP feels the measures are too lenient: “We're talking about a sudden explosion in terms of new infections, and we need to consider harsher measures. I don't know what we're waited for.”

Miroslav Škoro from the Homeland Movement noted that many of the measures were contradictory and pointless, a sentiment echoed by Sandra Benčić from the Green-Left Bloc: “We don't see the point behind some of the measures the directorate is proposing, for example the banning the sale of alcohol at gas stations during a certain period. We don't see how that will have any effect.”

Source: HRT