Weddings and baptisms could be back in people’s diaries the Romanian prime minister said on Tuesday following a sustained drop in new coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Florin Citu said he was eying June 1 to lift restrictions on private events and parties which have been largely banned during the pandemic.
He said there were an estimated 250,000 private events that had been postponed since the pandemic reached Romania in March 2020.
„We’ll see what happens but it’s clear that on June 1 there will be measures which will restore what was taken away last year,” the premier said.
The government has intensified efforts to speed up the vaccine rollout this month, opening drive-throughs and 24-hour vaccine centers.
Some 3.71 million people in Romania have received at least one vaccine dose by Tuesday evening. Just under 13% of the population is fully immunized..
On Tuesday, Romania reported 1,156 cases, a fraction of the daily cases it was registering in March. Some 101 patients died and there are 919 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units.
Cases have fallen consistently in recent weeks. The capital and the country’s 40 counties are now all in the “green scenario” meaning they have fewer than 1.5 cases per 1,000 people,;
Bucharest posted 126 new cases on Tuesday, while most of the counties across the country reported under 50 new cases.
The premier said his center-right government was “flexible about solutions.” However, he cautioned that some restrictions would remain in the meantime with a review on August 1.
The prime minister said all members of his Cabinet and deputy ministers would be sent around the country to vaccination centers next week to support the campaign.