484/2020 (XI. 10) government decree – About measures to be taken during the second phase
The Government has evaluated the pandemic situation in Hungary and the measures taken up to this moment, and has come to the conclusion that further measures must be taken. These are the following:
- There is a curfew between 20:00 every evening until 05:00 the next morning. It is forbidden to be on the streets in this timeframe, everyone must be home by 20:00. One of the exceptions to this rule is if one has to be on the streets because of work, but this must be certified.
- All gatherings are forbidden.
- Restaurants cannot have sit-down guests, people can only be on the premises while they pick up their takeaway order. The Government assists with the administrative processes of food delivery, and allows involvement of taxis to carry out the job. Company canteens can stay open.
- Stores – other than pharmacies and petrol stations – can stay open until 19:00. They are allowed to reopen once the curfew is over, at 05:00. Other service providers (e.g. hairdressers, masseurs, personal trainers) can remain open as usual, provided that they adhere to the curfew regulations.
- Hotels are not allowed to host tourists, they are only allowed to provide accommodation for people travelling for business or education.
- It is forbidden to hold any type of events, including cultural events and Christmas markets. Religious gatherings may be held based on the religious community’s decision. The Government asks all religious communities to behave in line with the regulations at their services.
- All sports games must be held behind closed gates.
- Individual outdoor sports are allowed. Anyone practicing professional sports cannot be restricted in their sports activities.
- All recreational institutions and providers must close down, especially gyms, indoor swimming pools, museums, libraries, movie theaters, zoos and ice skate rinks.
- Nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools up to grade 8 (in the Hungarian system) remain open. All regulations are to be decided by the director of the school. High schools from grade 9 and up switch over to digital learning. High school dormitories may remain open based on the director’s decision.
- Universities and colleges switch over to digital learning. University and college dormitories will be closed, exceptions may be made based on the vice-chancellor’s decision, especially for students from abroad, and students who are currently spending their mandatory quarantine in their dormitories.
- Private and family events (e.g. birthday celebrations) can be held with up to 10 people.
- A maximum of 50 people may attend funerals.
- Weddings can be held without a party afterwards, but only certain people are allowed to participate.
- Employees of hospitals, nurseries, kindergartens, schools and elderly homes must be tested on a weekly basis – as defined in a separate government decree.
- All regulations regarding wearing masks and keeping physical distance are still in place, and in all towns and cities with a population of 10 000 and above, wearing a mask outside in certain communal areas is also obligatory. Defining these areas is the responsibility of the mayor.
It is still not mandatory to wear a mask during sports activities, in parks and other green areas.
- Strengthening regulations regarding wearing masks
1. § (1) Everyone above 6 years old (anyone diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum with a medical certificate as proof is exempt from wearing a mask) must wear a mask (surgical mask, a cloth mask, or a mask made of any other material) covering nose and mouth in the following situations:
a. on public transportation
b. in certain communal areas of towns and cities with a population of 10 000 and above as defined by the mayor, except while doing sports
c. while shopping or working in any store
d. in malls – except for offices, gym areas and technical rooms
e. in public areas of archives
f. in costumer service areas during opening hours, in public areas of post offices, and in other customer-oriented offices where there are 5 or more people at the same time
g. in all public transportation waiting rooms/cubicles
h. while working or ordering at a restaurant/bar/etc.
(2) Everyone must wear masks in the abovementioned way in all health institutions with the exception defined in (3).
(3) Patients don’t have to wear a mask while in their own hospital room.
(4) Employees and residents of elderly homes must wear a mask as defined in (1) while within 1.5 m of each other, as well as during communal activities.
2. § (1) In paragraph (1) of the 1.§ and in paragraphs (2) and (4) of the 1.§ the operator/manager must make sure that everyone wears their mask as defined in (1) of the 1.§ on public transportation and on the premises, and is entitled to implement sanctions as defined in their normal rules and regulations.
(2) On public transportation, the operator must do everything in their power to make sure everyone wears their mask in the abovementioned way, and should at least fine anyone who refuses to.
(3) Anyone refusing to wear a mask on public transportation must be banned from travelling and escorted off the vehicle.
(4) Anyone refusing to wear a mask in stores and other places as defined in (1) of the 1.§ should be banned from the given place and escorted off the premises.
- Curfew and rules while in outdoor communal areas
3.§ (1) Everyone must be at home, at their place of residence or at their accommodation between 20:00 in the evening and 05:00 the next morning, except those defined in this decree.
(2) The following situations are exempt:
a. in case of an emergency situation which threatens well-being, life, or could cause serious damage
b. in order to carry out a job
c. in order to get to work or to get home from work
d. professional sportsmen can be at trainings or sports events, can get to and from trainings or sports events.
(3) Walking dogs is allowed between 20:00 and 05:00 the next morning, provided that the individual doesn’t go further than 500 m away from their home, place of residence or accommodation.
(4) Local municipality can decide whether to close dog parks or not.
(5) It is mandatory to certify points b.-d. of (1) with an official document.
(6) Mandatory contents of the document described in (5) will be published on the website of the Minister responsible for public security.
(7) It is forbidden to be outside for reasons described in points b.-d. of (1) without the document described in (5).
4.§ (1) All gatherings in communal outdoor areas are forbidden.
(2) It is allowed to carry out individual sports in communal outdoor and green areas and on sports tracks, especially to run, cycle or walk.
(3) It is forbidden to practice team sports, especially soccer, ice hockey, handball, basketball, volleyball in communal outdoor and green areas and on sports tracks.
(4) Professional sportsmen may practice team sports.
- Measures regarding events
5.§ (1) It is forbidden to organize and hold events or gatherings.
(2) It is forbidden to be at event venues.
(3) Events refer especially to:
a. events with the main purpose of showcasing musical performances, whether they be live or played from discs, regardless of whether these events are public or private
b. cultural events
c. sports events
d. private events
e. Christmas markets.
(4) Religious gatherings do not count as events. The religious community may decide whether to have services or not.
(5) Cultural performances and events streamed online do not count as events, provided that only the performers and the absolute necessary number of technical staff is present at the venue.
6.§ (1) It is forbidden to be at a sports event as a spectator.
(2) Sports events may be held behind closed gates without spectators.
(3) Family events or private events – with the exception of weddings and funerals – may be held, provided that the number of participants doesn’t exceed 10 people.
(4) The number of people attending a funeral cannot be higher than 50.
(5) During a wedding only the following people are allowed to be present:
a. the leader of the ceremony
b. the couple getting married
c. witnesses of the couple
d. parents and grandparents of the couple
e. siblings of the couple
f. children of the couple
7.§ Regulations described in the 5.§ and the 6.§ must be monitored by the organizer of the event, the owner/manager of the venue.
- Regulations regarding restaurants
8.§ (1) It is forbidden to be at restaurants, unless you work there, with the exception described in (2).
(2) It is allowed to be at restaurants while picking up food for takeaway.
(3) (1) and (2) do not have to be followed in case of:
a. company canteens
b. restaurants and bars at an accommodation, provided that only guests are served
c. school mess halls, canteens, provided that only employees and students are served
d. restaurants, canteens at hospitals.
- Regulations regarding stores
9.§ (1) It is forbidden to be at:
b. lottery places
c. tobacco stores
between 19:00 and 05:00 the next morning, unless you work there.
(2) Stores, lottery places and tobacco stores must be closed between 19:00 and 05:00 the next morning.
(3) Pharmacies and petrol stations may remain open between 19:00 and 05:00.
(4) Restaurants do not count as stores.
- Regulations regarding accommodations
10.§ (1) It is forbidden to be at any type of accommodation, with the exceptions defined in this decree.
(2) Employees of the accommodation provider are allowed to be there.
(3) Guests arriving for business or educational purposes may stay at any type of accommodation.
(4) Members of the Hungarian Defense Forces and health workers are allowed to stay at any type of accommodation.
11.§ Regulations defined in §s 8 to 10 must be monitored by the manager or owner of the
c. lottery place
d. tobacco store
f. petrol station
- Regulations regarding recreational activities
12.§ (1) a. All performance arts must be shut down (especially theaters, dance theaters, musical institutions, circuses).
b. Movie theaters must close.
c. Gyms and fitness rooms must close.
d. Swimming pools must close.
e. Baths, thermal baths must close.
f. Skate rinks must close.
g. Zoos must close.
h. Luna parks, theme parks, amusement parks must close.
i. Playhouses must close.
j. Museums and libraries must close.
(2) At an accommodation, guests are not allowed to visit areas defined in (1).
(3) Manager of the accommodation must keep areas defined in (1) closed.
(4) Skate rinks, sports fields and tracks, gyms and fitness rooms can remain open only for professional sportsmen.
13.§ Owners and managers of the places defined in (1) of the 12.§ must monitor that regulations are followed.
- Regulations regarding higher education
14.§ (1) Online education must be carried out in all higher education institutions.
- Regulations regarding home delivery of goods from stores
15.§ Some assistance is provided to store owners by the Government in order to facilitate home delivery of their goods.
16.§ Some assistance is provided to shuttle services by the Government in order to facilitate their services.
- Regulations regarding educational institutions
17.§ (1) Nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools remain open.
(2) High schools must switch to digital education.
(3) Employees and students can only enter school premises if their body temperature isn’t higher than that defined by the Surgeon General of Hungary.
Minors with a body temperature higher than that defined by the Surgeon General must be isolated and their caretakers must be informed immediately.
(4) The Surgeon General will announce the aforementioned body temperature.
18.§ (1) Only the following people are allowed to enter educational institutions:
b. technical workers
c. anyone who must be there by law
e. the adult escorting the minor student
(2) If an adult is wearing a mask as defined in (1) of the 1.§, they may escort a minor into the educational institution up to the point of temperature check.
19.§ A separate government decree will describe the weekly testing of employees of nurseries, kindergartens, schools and social institutions.
- Role of the Hungarian Defense Forces
20.§ Members of the Hungarian Defense Forces may carry out certain monitoring duties in institutions, on outdoor communal grounds.
This decree enters into effect on the 11th of November and is in effect until the 1st of February.