16:40 / 01.09.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Cafes back in business



Foto: Sandra Simunovic / PIXSELL

Cafes in Croatia are again allowed to serve their customers indoors as of today after being closed for nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new rules announced by the national COVID-19 response team, cafes and restaurants can stay open until midnight, customers must be seated while drinking and eating - either at tables or the bar - and must wear face masks before taking their seats and when going to the toilet.

In late November 2020, the national COVID-19 response team ordered cafes to close their indoor premises, allowing only those with terraces to operate.

Restaurants and similar establishments have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis over the past 18 months.

Žakline Troskot, the head of the independent association of cafe and restaurant owners in Zagreb, welcomed the move, saying it would help some businesses make up for lost income. At the same time, some cafes lack adequate space indoors to accommodate the necessary social distancing of four square metres per person.

Troskot noted that about 1,100 bars and restaurants would not be able to reopen and that 10,000 jobs had been lost in this sector since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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