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KARÁCSONY: BUDAPEST DECREE ON MASK-WEARING TO BE REVOKED

 

An upcoming meeting of the Budapest General Assembly will revoke a municipal decree on mask-wearing because it goes against a government decree, a higher-level regulation, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said. In line with the government decree, masks covering the nose and mouth will be mandatory to wear in certain locations and it will not be sufficient to wear a scarf, as stipulated in the municipal decree, Karácsony said on Facebook. “The novel coronavirus epidemic is spreading in the country at an unprecedented rate,” he said and asked everyone to observe preventive regulations. Karácsony said the municipal council was first to take action when it had made face covers mandatory in the spring and was also first to introduce stricter regulations in the autumn, making face coverings mandatory not only on public transport and in shops, but also in theatres and other cultural institutions. Thanks to Budapest residents observing the regulations in a disciplined manner, national statistics show that compared to the number of residents, the capital is in the mid-field in terms of the number of infections, he added.