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Government to discuss four-stage plan of reducing restrictions Friday

On Wednesday, March 24, the Cabinet postponed making a decision on the four-step plan proposed by the Crisis Management Council for the gradual reduction of Covid-19 restrictive measures following the state of emergency, which will lapse on April 6.

The government could review this issue at a meeting on Friday, March 26, hearing the expert panel's assessment of the proposal.

The offer for the reduction of Covid-19 restrictive measures, foresees a total of four consecutive steps for action following the end of the emergency from April 7. All four steps, planned to be in force for three weeks each, provide for the reduction of limits on the condition that Covid-19 morbidity levels do not exceed a specific threshold.

Step 1 – starting April 7

The step may be implemented if the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants does not exceed 400. For comparison: March 23, this figure was 379,2. This would allow for:

  • regional education onsite for grades 1-6, and 12, rotation for grades 7-11 (two days per week in person);
  • interest education/vocational education in outdoor groups (up to 10 people);
  • vocational education - the acquisition of professional practical content necessary for the acquisition of professional qualifications in indoor groups (up to 5 people);
  • outdoor lessons (up to 10 people) for young people and adolescents at risk of social exclusion, persons with dependencies (on a regional basis), individual indoor counselling;
  • assembly of two households in outdoor areas (up to 10 people);
  • all retail may open on working days, only essentials on weekends;
  • pickets and walks may take place (up to 10 people).

Step 2 –  the end of April.

This step may be implemented if the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants does not exceed 320:

  • vocational education - the acquisition of the professional practical content necessary for obtaining professional qualifications in on-site groups (up to 10 people);
  • centralized exams onsite (up to 10 people);
  • individual visits to museums/libraries/cultural venues (25 square meters per person);
  • assembly within two households indoors (up to 10 people);
  • funerals for up to 10 people (without a limit of 2 households);
  • outdoor catering;
  • rental of sports equipment indoors;
  • shopping centers also work on weekends without restrictions;
  • driving practice for the acquisition of the licence of categories AM, A1, A2 and A; practice for specialized transport sectors (C1, C1E, D1, D1E, C, CE, D, DE, TRAM, TROL).

Step 3 – starting May.

This step may be implemented if the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants does not exceed 250:

  • gyms may open for individual training, providing 50 m2 per person and not more than 8 people at the same time in the room;
  • outdoor sports with a single training group of up to 20 students;
  • grades 1 to 6 and 12 learn onsite throughout the country, other grades according to the regional principle;
  • centralized examinations in schools and universities;
  • all beauty services may be provided;
  • indoor catering services;
  • open-air events with a controlled/limited number of visitors and epidemiological security measures.

Step 4 – starting June.

This step may be implemented if the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants does not exceed 200:

  • sports competitions without spectators;
  • authorized photography services indoors;
  • camps for children and youth;
  • outdoor cultural events, with a limited number of visitors.

The government will discuss this proposal Friday.

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