Cafes and many other businesses will close on Monday (Photo. Nel Pavletic/PIXSELL) Cafes and many other businesses will close on Monday (Photo. Nel Pavletic/PIXSELL)

Primorje-Gorski Kotar County reported 383 new Covid-19 infections and six deaths on Saturday. The county has consistently been one of the leading counties in terms of the number of new infections per 100 thousand residents for several weeks. As cases continue to rise across the country, several counties are tightening up restrictions but Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is taking an even tougher stance. It is going into a near lockdown starting on Monday.  There will be a ban on all public gatherings. Cafes, gyms, movie theaters, museums, and clothing and shoe shops will all be closed.

"We've putting a lot of emphasis on oversight and discipline. We are going to be monitoring the system very closely over the next 14 days and we'll see if anyone is failing to comply with the measures. We have done what we believe is the right thing at this moment, given the numbers and the serious seriousness of the situation. I have to say, there is always the possibility of going a step further, but I hope that it won't come to that," said Dr. Vladimir Mićović, the head of the county’s public health bureau.

The county will allow restaurants to continue take-out and home delivery services, but outdoor seating at bars and restaurants will be shut down on until at least April 26. The closing of clothing and shoe stores has frustrated some business owners, who argue that the risk of getting Covid-19 at a shoe or clothing store is no greater than, for example, at a jewelry store but the latter will still be allowed to remain open.