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Coronavirus rules in Budapest
I have collected and listed the current, up to date Coronavirus rules in Budapest in force in this post. There are links to official sources of information on Covid too, and you can also find links to news sites covering the latest on Covid 19. Links to information in English to Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport are also available.
Current rules in force in Budapest and Hungary
The government has reintroduced the state of emergency. From Tuesday midnight on November 10, for the time being, the following measures will be introduced for 30 days:
Update: 7, December 2020 - The current curfew and strict measures (below) will stay for another month, until 11, January 2021. The prime minister said that there would still be a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am. The government will decide about restrictions on Christmas Eve later this month.
- There is a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am. An exemption is only possible when returning home from school and work, or in exceptional cases.
- Wearing a mask is also mandatory in public areas, except during sports activities, in parks and green outdoors.
- All gatherings are forbidden.
- Restaurants will be closed, and only home delivery is available, factory canteens may be open.
- Shops and hairdressers and other small craft providers can be open until 7 pm.
- Hotels can only accommodate business guests, not tourists.
- A general ban on events has taken effect.
- Up to 10 people can attend family gatherings and private events.
- Weddings are only possible with persons necessary for the ceremony, witnesses, parents and siblings may attend the church and civil ceremonies.
- Up to 50 people can attend the funerals.
- Sports matches can be held behind closed gates only.
- Outdoor sports are allowed, but amateur team sports are prohibited.
- Leisure facilities (fitness rooms, indoor swimming pools, museums, theatres, zoos) must be kept closed.
- Higher education can only operate online, and colleges remain closed.
- In high schools, there is digital education above eighth grade. Nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools will remain open to those under 14 years of age.
- Hospital staff, school teachers, kindergarten teachers and nursery staff are tested weekly in a targeted rapid test.
- Seniors can shop at any time, but from 9 am to 11 am Monday to Friday, and from 8 am to 10 pm on weekends they are the only ones allowed to shop.
Other Coronavirus rules in Budapest currently in force:
- Public transport services have been operating on a tighter schedule since September.
- Parking is free again.
- Regular mask wear is mandatory when using public transport.
- Throughout Hungary, masks are mandatory in shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, postal and other customer services, as well as in addition to public transport, in their stops, waiting rooms and sports facilities. Non-compliance with the rules can be sanctioned, the operators can call on the person to wear a mask, but they can also ask for police help. Also, they can be inspected by public health professionals in government offices. A scarf or shawl is no longer enough, a regular mask should be worn.
- The entry restriction is still in place.
- The official home quarantine period will be reduced from 14 to 10 days.
- The official price of the tests was maximised at HUF 19,500.
- Health, social and public education events can only be held online.
- Nightclubs are closed.
Official source of information on Covid in Budapest and Hungary
- For official up-to-date information about COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations, visit https://koronavirus.gov.hu/.
English language information is available at http://abouthungary.hu/news-in-brief/coronavirus-heres-the-latest/
Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport Covid Information
- Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport is open.
- Covid-19 information for passengers is available at https://www.bud.hu/en/covid_19.
- Hungarian – COVID-related information.
- Social Media: Facebook (in Hungarian) – Twitter (in English).
- Airlines – listing of all airlines with contact information and links to their websites and social media sites.
Links to Hungarian non-government news sites covering Coronavirus in English
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