Some opposition MPs on Thursday described the proposed relaxation of epidemiological restrictions as confusing, and condemned Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's statement that the easing of restrictions was a reward for citizens.
Social Democrat MP Arsen Bauk said that criteria for the introduction of epidemiological restrictions were not clear but that it was good that cafes would be allowed to sell coffee to go.
"It is unclear why betting shops and casinos are being opened and not bars and restaurants. But I guess the government was led by the idea that whoever wants to gamble with their money can gamble with their health too," said Bauk.
The president of the MOST party, Božo Petrov, echoed the sentiments of his opposition colleague from the SDP. He said the fact that casinos and betting shops were allowed to open, but not bars and restaurants, was a double standard.
Meanwhile, the Voice of Entrepreneurs association said on Thursday it was glad the government had agreed to most of its demands, but added that much stronger steps were needed to save thousands of firms and employees, asking the government and the Economy Ministry to urgently present an economy bailout plan.
However, they said they were not enough and that the government keeps ignoring the event industry, occasional passenger transport, travel agencies and many other activities which have been closed for almost a year, the association said in a press release.
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