Barbers, dentists, some shops, parks to reopen this week in Romania as COVID-19 state of emergency ends

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Romanians will need still to fill out forms if they leave the town or village where they live when a state of emergency ends this week, President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday.

“The danger hasn’t passed,” Iohannis said referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost 1,000 people have died and some 15,778 have been infected since the virus outbreak began in March.

Starting May 15, it will be compulsory to wear mask in public in enclosed spaces, such as in shops or on public transport.

Barbers, beauty salons, dentists and museums will reopen on Friday when the state of emergency ends and Romania will go into “a state of alert,” meaning some restrictions will be lifted.

Romanians will no longer need to fill out a form when  they leave home if they stay where they live. However if they travel to another town or city, they need to have papers with them explaining the reason for travel.

Apart from the masks, people will be asked to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other people when they are in public, Iohannis said.

Malls, restaurants and bars will remain closed, and churches will reopen to worshipers, but only for outdoor services, he said.

Believers will need to keep apart and wear mass during the services.

Iohannis said he recommended that parks be reopened, but said the decision would be taken by local authorities.

Professional athletes will be allowed to resume training, but will need to respect social distancing rules. Sporting events won’t resume yet, he said.

Shops with access directly on to the street will be allowed to reopen.


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