Last updated on 30 April 2021.
At the press conference on 4 March, a new lockdown was announced for Hungary for the next two weeks, with further restrictions compared to what was introduced in November. The article is now updated with information from the official decree.
UPDATE on 29 March: The lockdown will remain in place at least until 8 April. Restrictions will be relaxed once 2.5 million people have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
Wearing a mask is now obligatory in all public spaces, without exceptions. It must be a proper mask (not a scarf or a bandana), and it should cover both mouth and nose.
People should stay at home as much as possible, which includes working from home whenever their job makes it possible.
Crossing the border of Hungary will become more limited. Details to be provided later, so it is not clear how this affects the latest rules pertaining to business travel. However, neither transit nor shipping is restricted.
Update on 5 March: no further restrictions are included in the latest government decree.
All shops will be closed starting from Monday – including casinos. The shops that may remain open include:
Restaurants and cafés may remain open with the same provisions as before, with options only for takeaway or home delivery.
Florists may remain open on 8 March, the International Day of Women. Customers may enter these stores for the time of making their purchase.
Shops and offices where services for which the customer must be present must be closed. Exceptions include the following:
Since government offices are not included in the list of exceptions, taking care of administrative issues in person might not be possible. So far we have the following information:
Tax allowances and wage subsidies that already apply to the hospitality industry will be expanded to all businesses that must close down. They will be available for the period of the lockdown between 8 and
22 March 29 March 2021.
Since vaccinating the population is well underway, the government expects that restrictions currently in place might be relaxed gradually,
starting from 22 March after at least 2.5 million people have been vaccinated. However, right now it is too early to say anything more about both the restrictions and the lockdown. The health statistics of the two weeks to come will heavily influence future decisions.
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