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Gov't approved extension of state of alert by 30 days

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The Government decided at its Wednesday's meeting the extension of the state of alert on the territory of Romania by 30 days, starting with October 15, following a decision on Tuesday of the National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU).

The CNSU decision also stipulates that wearing a mask will become mandatory in all open spaces in areas where the incidence of the novel coronavirus infections exceeds 3 per thousand inhabitants.

At the same time, the CNSU decision proposes that private events such as weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, festive meals in open spaces, as well as indoors be banned in the next period until the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus decreases.

Regarding the programme of theatres, cinema halls, restaurants, cafes, the decision was that, in those places where the incidence of infections with the novel coronavirus is less than or equal to 1.5 per thousand, they will continue operate at a capacity of 50 per cent.

"When the incidence exceeds 1.5 per thousand and is up to three per thousand, they will operate at a capacity of 30 per cent and their programme will end at 11.00 pm. When the incidence exceeds 3 per thousand, the activity of this kind of units will be stopped," head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) Raed Arafat told a press conference at the Victoria Palace on Tuesday.

He also said that, according to the CNSU decision, all staff working in the centres for the elderly or for people with disabilities will be tested weekly for SARS-CoV-2.

According to him ,private events such as weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, festive meals both indoors and outdoors will be banned in Romania until the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus decreases.
"Baptism in church is not included here. It is still done but with a limited number of people in attendance. If I'm not mistaken, it is 16 people. We are talking here about festivities, festive meals, baptisms, but outside the places of worship," said Arafat.

About the theatres, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, he said that the meeting of the National Committee for Emergency Situations decided that where the 14-day notification rate of reported COVID-19 cases per 1,000 population is less than or equal to 1.5 they will operate at a capacity of 50%.

"When the rate exceeds 1.5 per thousand and is up to 3 per thousand, they will operate at a capacity of 30% and they have to close at 23:00hrs. When the rate exceeds 3 per thousand, their activities will be stopped," said Arafat.

As for hotels, when the rate is over 3 per thousand population, they will only be able to provide meals to their visitors.

Asked if this means that, as of Wednesday, restaurants can resume their indoor dining given that the rate in Bucharest is less than 3 per thousand, Arafat replied: "Where there is a rate below 3 per thousand, the county committees will take that into account and they will issue their decision on the rate and it is normal that the restaurants can resume their activity and we hope that we will not reach 3 per thousand. If it reaches 3 per thousand, activities will stop."

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