Hungary Tightens Rules With Virus Wave Expected to Last Months

Hungary will strengthen social distancing rules to combat the spread of the coronavirus, whose current wave may only peak around December or January, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

Orban reiterated the plan to keep the economy functioning in a Facebook video Wednesday, while tightening rules in the following areas:

  • Wearing masks will become obligatory in cinemas, theaters, health facilities and customer-facing offices, while existing mask regulations for public transport and shopping will be enforced more strictly.
  • Entertainment venues such as bars to close by 11 p.m.
  • Price of covid tests to be capped at 19,500 forints ($64).
  • Hungary to maintain restrictions on inbound travel.

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