New restrictions are necessary due to the deteriorating epidemic situation.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that they consulted with mathematicians, virologists, epidemiologists, and the government had made the following decisions affecting the whole country:
Between the 8th and 22nd of March, all stores are closed except food stores, pharmacies, drugstores, gas stations, branch banks, and tobacco shops. Flower shops will still be open on the 8th of March, but they will also have to close the next day.
From the 8th of March to the 7th of April kindergartens, and primary schools will be closed. They need to switch to digital education. The creches will remain open until closing is warranted.
Between the 8th and 22nd of March, all services are interrupted, except for private health care.
Matches and training of certified athletes can be held behind closed gates. Outdoor sports activities are allowed with a social distance of 1.5 m.
Parks and arboretums can be visited.
Use of mouth mask is obligatory outdoors everywhere.
Border crossings will be further tightened up.
The government asks all employers to provide the opportunity to work from home if they can.
The current tax allowances and wage supports for the hotel and catering industry will be extended to sectors that now have to close. They also waive their rent.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also mentioned the trips: he asks everyone to postpone luxury holidays because bringing the virus is dangerous.