Pursuant to Government Decree No. 27/2021 (I. 29.) on the Declaration of the State of Emergency and the relevant emergency measures, the Government has extended the current State of Emergency which includes the current curfew in place, mask wearing requirements (in public areas), and some other measures which were originally introduced on November 11, 2020. On January 28, 2021, the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, Gergely Gulyás announced that pandemic related restrictions will remain in place until March 1, 2021. Gulyás stated that since being introduced in November, the restrictions had shown to be effective in reducing numbers in all three categories, which include: infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Further, the Government also noted that they will extend their special powers for fifteen (15) days starting at midnight on February 7, 2021, and request that the Parliament extend the special legal order by ninety (90) days, adding that the Government would then review the situation in the second half of February. The most important restrictions that will remain in force until March 1, 2021:
- curfew between the hours of 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM;
- wearing a face mask continues to be mandatory in shops, public transport, shopping malls, health and social care facilities, offices which are open and receive customers, and some predetermined outdoor public areas;
- public events & official events which would result in a gathering of individuals remain forbidden;
- private family events remain capped at ten (10) people;
- restaurants remain closed for dining in, carry-out and delivery are available;
- shops, hairdressers, and other similar small businesses must close at 8:00 PM, the exception being gas stations and pharmacies; and,
- hotels remain open only to host guests that are travelling for primarily business reasons.