Romania’s prime minister says theaters, cinemas and restaurants will reopen on Sept 1 almost six months after the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure.
Premier Ludovic Orban made the announcement Thursday at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting, confirming earlier reports.
”From September 1, we will allow shows and concerts in indoor spaces to resume, and (also) in cinemas and theaters,” he said.
The decision will formally be adopted by the National Committee for Emergency Situations, he said.
Orban said the health ministry and the culture ministry would sign off on the bill.
Regarding the reopening of restaurants with indoor seating, Orban said the health and the economy ministries would have to sign off on a bill.
Restaurants with indoor tables have been closed since March when the coronavirus pandemic reached Romania. The government allowed restaurants with outdoor seating to reopen in June.
There are likely to be rules for restaurants such as a restriction on the number of diners who can sit at a table and distancing between tables.
“I am making an appeal to all institutions and companies to be partners with us, to be responsible, to respect rules so that there isn’t a rise in cases,” Orban said.
Romania reported 1,504 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the highest number of daily infections ever, but also in line with recent figures.
The hospitality industry has been among the hardest-hit by the health crisis.
Employees have staged protests, demanding the government allows hotels and eateries to reopen, claiming that tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.