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From Saturday, the wearing of a mask in enclosed spaces will be compulsory, the prime minister’s chief of staff announced.
Booster jabs also will be compulsory for health-care staff, while plans are afoot for the same in state administration, Gergely Gulyás told a government news briefing. Mask-wearing will be compulsory in shops, malls, museums, theatres, cinemas and in areas open to the public in government offices. Using masks on public transport will continue to be compulsory. Events with more than 500 people attending can still be attended with an immunity certificate. In schools, it will be up to head teachers to decide whether it is compulsory to wear a mask. Offices and sports facilities will continue to be mask-free, he said.
Gulyás said modelling indicated that the fourth wave would peak in late November or early December, though, he added, making such predictions was risky. Expert were agreed, he said, that vaccination was the only truly effective protection against Covid, especially the delta variant, and he cited the examples of Israel and the United States where booster shots had proved effective. A booster jab is advised for everyone from the fourth month on, he added.