November 26, 2020 — In response to rapidly growing COVID-19 infection rate in Croatia, the Government announced stronger restrictions to combat the epidemic today at 14:00 CET. The new restrictions will take effect on Friday November 27 at midnight, so they will be effect on Saturday, and will remain so until December 21.
Based on the recommendations (source N1), the new measures for Croatia are:
Gatherings and Events
- Ban on public events with more than 25 people
- Private gatherings of a maximum of ten people
- Mandatory use of masks outdoors when it is not possible to keep a distance
- Public gatherings can last up to 22:00 CET
- Weddings are suspended
- There can be a maximum of 25 people at funerals
- Obligation of tenants, employers, etc. regular disinfection of surfaces
- 4 square meters of space must be provided for everyone at gatherings
- Maximum occupancy 40% in public transport
- Drivers and passengers are required to have masks on public transport
Retail, Restaurants and Cafes
- At the entrance to the shops, a notice must be displayed about the largest number of customers in the space.
- Mandatory stronger hygiene measures and cleaning of the premises
- Limitation of working hours for shops selling bakery products until 22:00 CET.
- Ban on the sale of alcohol from 22:00 to 6:00 CET.
- Casinos and gambling centers are closed
- Fairs are suspended
- Restaurants and cafes are suspended (except hotel facilities)
- Catering facilities closed but allowed to prepare and deliver food
Sports and Fitness
- Sports competitions and trainings are suspended with some exceptions
- Competitions and training without spectators
- Operation of gyms and sports centers is suspended
Culture and Theatre
- Amateur cultural events are suspended
- Performances of musical and stage presentations are suspended
- Children’s and dance workshops are suspended
- Ban on the consumption of food and drink in cinemas and theaters
- Foreign language schools can only operate online
- Driving schools – the theoretical part of teaching exclusively online
- Mass whenever possible via radio and TV programs, a maximum of 25 worshippers in churches.
- Ban on coming to work with a fever
- Introduction of sliding working hours, organization of work in groups
These safety measures are in effect from Saturday at midnight to December 21.
The Croatian Government is still defining the final details regarding economic measures for those sectors affected by the new austerity measures. They should be able to count on existing wage subsidies of 4,000 HRK per employee. In addition, a temporary exemption is being considered for paying contributions and a delay for paying taxes.
Follow our COVID-19 page for updates on the epidemic in Croatia and changes to safety restrictions. UPDATE: November 27, 2020: Official Croatia Government measures from koronavirus.hr — original here and translation here.