If the downward trend in the number of people infected with the coronavirus continues and decreases over the next two days, the restriction on the May Day holiday curfew could be alleviated.
These are, for now, the preliminary dates of the return to pre-pandemic life that were discussed at yesterday’s meeting by crisis staff members and President of the Republic, Aleksandar Vucic. The Serbian government also needs to approve these proposals.
There is a possibility that, instead of Thursday, the May Day curfew will be postponed until Friday, starting at 18:00h. This measure is being considered because the percentage of COVID-19 patients in Serbia has dropped below 6%. The reduction in the number of patients is not drastic, but it stands at an encouraging 5%. The decision of whether there will be changes in the curfew will depend exclusively on the results shown by the COVID-19 tests.
According to the current proposal, public transport in Serbian cities should be reinstated by 8 May. On 4 May, bars will be opened, while shopping malls are expected to be open four days after, on 8 May.
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These are, for the time being, the preliminary dates of the dynamics of the return to everyday life to which we are accustomed to.
Public transport will not resume in all cities on the same day. Considering the current epidemiological situation, public transport will resume first in Kragujevac and Novi Sad on 4 May, and in Belgrade and Nis from 8 May.
During the May Day curfew, pensioners can spend outside one hour before noon. Proposals also include moving the time for senior citizens to go shopping from 5 am to 8 am.
Opening of nurseries is also an issue that is being debated, considering the most parents are now returning to work. Although scheduled for 4 May, their opening has been postponed to 12 May.
In addition to nurseries, one of the most discussed topics is the resumption of air traffic. According to the latest information, air traffic should be fully operational from 18 May.
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