Croatia: Reopening in 3 steps


published on 27 April 2020 | reading time approx. 1,5 minutes


The Croatian government adopted a plan to relaunch economic and other activities in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic, which regulates the gradual relaxation of restrictions as of Monday, 27 April.


The measures would be relaxed in three turns - on April 27, May 4 and May 11.
Starting on Monday, 27 April, the first phase of opening will cover:

  • all retail entities apart from those in shopping centers (the exception being those stores that have been operating in shopping centers the entire time since the introduction of restriction);
  • services, except those that require close contact with clients, on the condition physical distance is respected;
  • public city and suburban lines as well as fast speed lines that are not connected with ferry lines;
  • libraries, museums, galleries, second-hand and regular book shops.

The second phase would follow on May 4 (if the first phase proves to be successful and the epidemiological situation does not deteriorate). This phase allows:

  • relaxation of restrictions of the public health system, which would fully restore its services, with certain exceptions, and to private clinics;
  • reopening of the cosmetic salons, pedicurists, barbers and hairdressers.

The third phase, starting on May 11, would allow:

  • up to ten people to gather in the same place (on the condition of physical distancing);
  • shopping centers to reopen;
  • reopen of kindergartens and elementary schools from Grades 1 to 4 (special classes for disabled children who have personal assistants will be restored);
  • students to attend laboratory, art and clinical practical classes in small groups;
  • relaunched of inter-city bus routes and domestic air traffic;
  •  national and nature parks would be reopen.

All three phases imply maintaining physical distancing and the highest hygienic standards and for premises to be disinfected.
Employers will continue to be obliged to provide working conditions according to epidemiological measures and where possible to allow work from home and organize virtual meetings. Any worker with a temperature or respiratory symptoms will be banned from going to work.
Public events and large gathering will still not be permitted.

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