Romania imposes earlier curfew to slow spread of Covid-19

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Romanian authorities have imposed an earlier curfew and people who are are out during the night will need to fill out a form to state the reason for their movements.

The curfew which will run from 10 p.m to 5 a.m begins Sunday evening across Romania.

People are allowed to be out during the curfew hours for medical reasons, death in the family, work, or looking after a child, disabled or elderly person. Police can fine people who don’t have a form or reason for being out.


In a bid to manage the spread of Covid-19, hotels and guest houses which are near ski slopes or resorts with winter resorts can only rent up to 70% of their rooms.

The new restrictions come amid a rise of COVID-19 infections which rose above 4,000 at the beginning of March. There were around 5,000 or more in recent days, the highest single-day figures this year. Cases dropped to about 4,400 on Sunday, but numbers are always comparatively lower at the weekend as there are to fewer tests.

Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed in January, but rising infections led authorities to reimpose tighter rules last Monday for a fortnight.

Even before the latest curfew, there was already a loose curfew between 11 p.m.-6 a.m across the country although it was not strictly enforced.


Bars, restaurants, theaters, betting shops and cafes have closed indoor spaces as the capital’s infection rate rose above three cases per 1,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days, entering a “red scenario,” which triggers restrictions that authorities use to slow the spread of the virus.

Under the new restrictions, many schools have reverted back to remote learning, with only kindergarten, primary school pupils, and those in the eighth and 12th grades physically attending school.

The tightest restrictions_ including the closure of malls during the weekend_ were imposed on the western city of Timisoara, which went into a lockdown after its infection rate rose above seven per 1,000 residents.


More than 1.44 million people in Romania have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine.

Romania has recorded almost 860,000 Covid-19 infections, and 21,483 people have died.


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