Hungary starts re-opening after hitting goal of 2.5 million jabs

Hungary starts re-opening after hitting goal of 2.5 million jabs

Hungary allowed people who provide close contact services such as hairdressers and beauticians to re-open their businesses on Wednesday.

Several other coronavirus measures were relaxed after the Central European country made progress in stemming new infections and getting vaccine doses in residents.

Stores selling non-essential goods were also allowed to open their doors but are required to cap the number of customers to prevent crowding.

Hungary’s night-time curfew now begins at 10 pm instead of 8 pm and continues until 5 am.

However, restaurants remain closed for in-person dining and hotels can only welcome business travellers.

Interior Minister Sandor Pinter issued a decree outlining the new rules.

The decree refers to an earlier order by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, which said the opening steps were to take effect once 2.5 million people had received at least a first vaccination against COVID-19.

Hungary hit that mark on Tuesday, meaning more than 25 per cent of people have received at least one dose.

The EU country administers vaccines from Russia and China that have not yet been approved by the European Union’s medicines watchdog.

Under EU rules a national government can issue a vaccine license in emergency situations.

Foreign