NEW MEASURES IN FORCE IN MACEDONIA: From tomorrow weddings, celebrations and without masks in the open!

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The main coordination crisis headquarters of the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia to ensure full coordination of state administration, legal entities established by the state, as well as local self-government units, regarding the prevention, introduction and spread of coronavirus COVID-19 on today meeting reviewed and confirmed the recommendations of the Commission for Infectious Diseases for easing the protection measures against COVID-19 and proposes them for final adoption at tomorrow’s Government session.

At the meeting of the General Crisis Staff, after an exhaustive discussion and taking into account the favorable current epidemiological situation with COVID-19 in the country, which is characterized by a reduction of 14-day incidence (number of new cases) of positive cases, reduction of positive tests for COVID-19 regarding the total number of tested persons, reduction of the number of active cases and the number of hospitalizations, upon the recommendation of the Commission for Infectious Diseases, the following suggested-recommendations for relaxation of the measures were adopted, starting from June 1, 2021:

  1. Abolish the measure of wearing a protective mask outdoors with a recommendation to wear a mask when people are in a larger group. The measure for mandatory wearing of a protective mask in public transport, taxi transport and in all closed spaces remains important.
  2. To allow the presence of the audience at sports competitions that are held outdoors up to 30 percent of the total capacity of visitors, with mandatory observance of a distance between visitors of 1.5-2 m (three seats) and consistent application of measures for protection against COVID-19.
  3. The measure prohibiting the grouping of public space of no more than 4 persons is abolished.
  4. Allow the organization of weddings, celebrations, open-air parties / summer terraces up to a maximum of 100 people, but not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the space and up to a maximum of six people at the table by providing the recommended distance between people. The presence of musicians is allowed only when organizing weddings, and in accordance with the appropriate protocol.
  5. Increase the number of persons at one table in the catering facilities from four persons to six persons by providing the recommended distance between the persons at the table.
  6. It is recommended to abolish the measure for work in shifts and distance (Article 3, item 14) of the Decision on preventive recommendations, temporary measures, ordered measures, purposeful protocols, plans and algorithms for acting to protect the health of the population from the infectious disease COVID -19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cases and the time period of their application (“Official Gazette of RSM” no. 263/20),
  7. The measure for curfew continues to be valid until 15.06.2021.