Romania to ease restrictions ahead of winter holidays

Two Romanian elderly women rest after getting immunized. [EPA-EFE / ROBERT GHEMENT]

New Year and Christmas parties could be allowed in Romania, as the Bucharest government is discussing a relaxation of the restrictions introduced when the pandemic’s fourth wave hit the country hard. But the authorities are also planning on tightening entry rules in the wake of the Omicron variant.

Among the proposals that the government will discuss are the elimination of night curfews for unvaccinated people and allowing access in shopping malls and hotels for those who test negative, not only for vaccinated and recovered people.

Masks would no longer be mandatory outside, except for crowded places. Shops and restaurants will stay open until 22:00 from 21:00 currently. This time limit will not apply on 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January 2022.

The National Committee for Emergency Situations tabled the proposals, and they will be discussed and adopted in the government meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

The government will also examine the new rules for travel, including mandatory quarantine for people who are not vaccinated or recovered and are arriving from EU states on the red list.

People with a negative PCR test before arrival in Romania will only stay in quarantine for 10 days, compared to 14 days for persons who do not present a test result, while vaccinated and recovered people will not have to quarantine. Those from third countries will have to provide a negative PCR test result even if they are vaccinated or recovered to avoid quarantine.

(Bogdan Neagu |

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