Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that the government was set to close student dorms in Belgrade and limit the working hours of all clubs, floating restaurants and cafes for a two-week period.
Speaking live on the Serbian state Television (RTS), Vucic said that clubs, restaurants and cafes would be closed between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. He added that a ban would be imposed on indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people.
He said that fines, between 5.000 and 6.000 dinars, would be applied if people fail to wear face masks in public transport and shopping malls.
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Vucic added that the Belgrade is the biggest contagion problem at present because 82.5 per cent of the new coronavirus cases are detected in the Serbian capital.
He also said the measures would be imposed as of Friday, adding that he would have locked down Belgrade completely and imposed a seven-day curfew if he could have decided on his own without consulting the government crisis unit.
Earlier, the Serbian government said that it would ban all gatherings of more than five people in local communities and would ban all celebrations and sports and entertainment events, including the use of spas and would limit the opening hours of cafes and restaurants but would not close beauty salons and fitness centres.
In the latest news, after yesterday’s protest by Belgrade students, Minister of Education decided that dormitories would remain open after all, explaining that the number of infected students was not high and that most had mild symptoms of the coronavirus infection.
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