The Serbian government adopted today the latest recommendations of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team, which will come into effect tomorrow.
Catering facilities – cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and river bars will not work from Friday at 5 pm until Monday at 5 am, without exception. Their working hours will be from Monday to Friday, from 5 am to 5 pm.
Catering facilities are allowed to deliver food non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as other businesses whose main activity is food delivery.
Shopping malls, clothing stores, betting shops, casinos, children’s playrooms will also be closed from Friday at 5 pm until Monday at 5 am.
Hairdressing and beauty salons will not work during the weekend. This group also includes facilities in the field of sports and recreation – gyms, fitness centres, swimming pools, spas, indoor grounds for football, basketball, tennis or any other recreational sport.
All these facilities are allowed to be open on working days from 5 am to 5 pm.
Grocery stores, shops, retail facilities, as well as newsagents, kiosks and the like, where, as a rule, customers do not enter the facility in order to make the purchase, can work on weekdays and weekends until 9 pm.
Pharmacies and gas stations (fuel sales) can work non-stop, every day without restrictions.
Open-air green markets will also work on weekends from 6 am. to 3 pm.
Another exception are restaurants and bars located within hotels and private accommodation. They can provide their services only and exclusively to registered guests until 9 pm every day.
Medical centres and laboratories can operate throughout the day, including weekends.
Professional athletes can use sports facilities to prepare for their competitions over the weekend. Facilities and institutions in the field of culture – cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries will be able to work on weekdays, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays, until 5 pm.
Facilities and shops that provide services that do not require the presence of customers or their presence and contact are of limited duration, such as service shops for home appliances, technical services, tailors, shoemakers and glass cutters can work on weekdays until 9 pm, and on Saturdays until 5 pm.
All these measures are adopted with the aim of reducing social contacts to an absolute minimum, with the hope that they will give the desired result and that in the days ahead we will see it in the numbers of people infected with the coronavirus.
The competent inspection services and the community police will strictly control the compliance with these measures, which will come into force tomorrow.