Severe restrictions in Romania vs election campaign

As of Monday (9 November), wearing a mask becomes mandatory in all public indoor and outdoor spaces. [EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT]

Romania will enforce more severe restrictions nation-wide starting Monday after if favoured a regional or even local approach in the past few months. But with coronavirus infections rising abruptly last week, the government was forced to intervene just as the election campaign had started.

As of Monday (9 November), wearing a mask becomes mandatory in all public indoor and outdoor spaces, shops close at 9 pm tops and a night curfew is introduced. Also, the government suspended the activity of fairs and markets, a move that angered many agricultural producers, and all schools are only holding online courses.

In the meantime, the government has kept its plan to hold general elections on 6 December, saying the risk of infection can be contained, and the campaign started on Friday (6 November). But the campaign will be held under special conditions, as mass rallies are forbidden and the number of people attending meetings is restricted to 20, for indoor events, or 50, for outdoor events. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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