Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Zeljko Lukunic/PIXSELL) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Zeljko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

With the continuing positive trend in terms of a reduction of new cases, hospitalizations and coronavirus-related deaths, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced at Thursday's cabinet session that the restrictive measures, will be further eased on March 1st: “The intention is to, as of the 1st of March, allow service sector businesses to open their terraces and open spaces, given the current circumstances and the prescribed measures, of which we'll hear more about tomorrow from Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović and Health Minister Vili Beroš.” 

The easing of measures is also likely to include sports activities in closed spaces. Government will continue to provide aid to businesses. Speaking at Thursday’s cabinet session Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić noted that tax revenues have dropped significantly due to the restrictive coronavirus measures: “Tax revenues are down by about four to five percent from the same time last year. What is encouraging is that salary contributions have seen a milder decline, which means that the trend on the labour market has been preserved. So, there aren't any massive positive or negative shocks when it comes to the state of the budget.”

Source: HRT