Croatia rolls out stricter measures in more regions as caseload grows

2021-07-23 17:05:47 GMT2021-07-24 01:05:47(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ZAGREB, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Croatia is banning all public events and gatherings attended by more than 50 people in one place if they do not have a COVID passport, the National Civil Protection Headquarters announced on Friday.

In the past 24 hours, 176 COVID-19 infections have been recorded in Croatia, while the first five days of this week saw a 35-percent rise in new cases week-on-week, the health authorities told a press conference.

As of Monday, the new measures will take effect, especially for the Dalmatian counties, while some will be valid for the entire country.

The maximum number of people gathered and with COVID passports will be 1,000 people, and for gatherings where there should be more than 1,000 people, organizers will have to apply for a permit.

At weddings, there will be a maximum of 15 people without COVID passports, and there can be a maximum of 1,000 people in bars. Outdoor fairs can be organized with the consent of local health authorities.

At all sports events, spectators will be required to have COVID passports, and organizers must seek consent seven days before the event.

The conditions for entering Croatia are also changing. Travelers can enter the country with a certificate of vaccination or that proving the traveler has recovered from the disease.

The new measures will be in force until Aug. 15. Enditem