Updated COVID-19 Measures: Textile Masks Now Forbidden, Stores Close at 22:00

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Today CNSU (The National Emergency Committee) have decided to introduce new measures aimed at limiting the spread of the 5th COVID-19 wave.

As per the decision, from January 8th, 2022,the use of home-made or textile masks is now forbidden and only medical protection masks of FFP2 masks will be allowed. In addition, it is once again required to wear a mask, covering the mouth and nose, in all closed and open public spaces.

There are some exceptions to mask wearing and those are:

  • children under the age of 5;
  • persons who are alone in the office;
  • TV presenters and their guests, provided that the distance of 3 meters between persons is observed;
  • the representatives of the religious cults, during the services, provided that the distance of 3 meters between persons is observed;
  • speakers in closed or open spaces provided that the distance of at least 3 meters between them and any of the other persons in the public is observed;
  • persons who carry out intense physical activities and / or in demanding working conditions (high temperatures, high humidity, etc.) or sports activities.It is also proposed that additional measures be taken to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections in order to prevent the activity of critical infrastructure authorities / operators from being affected by the administrative activity of their managers. employees, performing shifts or shifts while avoiding contact with each other or using masks with a higher degree of protection (FFP2) in crowded areas.

The use of home-made or textile masks proved to be quite popular, as it allowed for them to be a fashion accessory as well as allowing them to be washed and re-used, however, their use has now been banned, primarily due to the fact that there is no medical or scientific research around the protection quality or effectiveness of using a home-made / textile mask.

Additional Changes to Restrictions

Stores and restaurants opening hours have been changed back to 5 AM – 10 PM, as the holiday celebration period has now ended.

Depending on the locality, there will also be changes to shows and sporting events.

At an incidence below 1 per thousand, most activities will be allowed at a capacity of 50%, for vaccinated, sick or having a negative COVID test. At incidence over 3 per thousand, the capacity will be lowered to 30%. At the time of writing, the COVID-19 incidence rate in Cluj-Napoca is 1.66/1000, which is an increase of 7.79% compared to the previous day, when the incidence rate was 1.54/1000.

Concerts and open-air festivals can be held with up to 500 spectators, and only 100 people can attend the rallies.

You can download and view a copy of the decision here.

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The incidence rate in Cluj-Napoca has reached 11.77/1000 in just 17 days, the highest infection rate in the country and higher than the peak of the 3rd wave
Romanian professional tennis player, Simona Halep won the Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament on Jan 9th, 2022.
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