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Hungary on Wednesday began the first stage of a gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions after passing 2.5 million vaccinations.

Rules for the first phase of the reopening were published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Tuesday. Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said that Hungary had administered the coronavirus vaccine to 2.5 million people which was the precondition for the start of lifting the restrictions. The new rules see the evening-night curfew shortened for the period from 10pm to 5am and shops will now be allowed to stay open between 5am and 9.30pm. The number of customers will be limited at one customer per 10 square metres of floor space. The temporary ban on services will be lifted, hairdressers, beauty parlours and other service providers can reopen. Catering facilities will not be allowed to serve customers locally, only for take-aways. For the time being, hotels will remain closed. Schools and kindergarten will reopen after all registered teachers get vaccinated from April 19.
István György, a state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Hungary continued to be among Europe’s pacesetters in vaccinations, having administered over 778,000 jabs over the last seven days.