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COVID-19 Update: Masks are mandatory in enclosed spaces

Starting Saturday, November 20, the government has again made the wearing of masks mandatory in closed spaces, Minister heading the Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyás said at a press conference held on Thursday in Budapest.

As MTI reported, the minister said that the use of masks is mandatory in shops, shopping centers, museums, theaters, cinemas and areas of public administration open to the public. The compulsory wearing of masks on public transport would also continue. In schools, directors can decide on the wearing of masks, he said. Exceptions to mask wearing are offices and facilities used for sports, he said.

He said a third vaccination against coronavirus had been made compulsory for healthcare workers. This is also planned for those in the state administration, as it is trying to set a good example, he noted. He added that it would still be possible to attend events with more than 500 people with a vaccination card.

Presenting the latest epidemiological data, the minister said estimates call for the fourth wave of the coronavirus to peak at the end of November or beginning of December. 

He said experts continue to confirm that meaningful protection against coronavirus, particularly its delta variant, is provided by vaccination alone.

He said that the epidemic can be stopped if everyone gets vaccinated. 

He also said that November 22–28 will be a vaccination week to increase vaccination coverage and to control the coronavirus epidemic. During this period, there will be 101 county and city hospitals where people can get the vaccine between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Anyone who goes to the vaccination point will receive the vaccine immediately, without any pre-registration, whether it is the first, second or third, Gulyás said, adding that five types of vaccines are available including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Sinopharm.

Sputnik is the only one that is sold out, all other vaccines are in abundance, he added.

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