Lawmakers Approve Changes to Quarantine Rules

Europe National
Lawmakers have approved several changes to Hungary’s rules on quarantine which include increased fines for violators.

The new regulations raise the maximum fine that can be levied for breaches of home quarantine orders from 50,000 forints to 150,000 forints (EUR 410). The resolution also streamlines rules on the three types of quarantine that can be applied by the authorities. Under the amendment, those entering Hungary from abroad will now be required to immediately begin self-isolation rather than having to wait until an official home quarantine order is issued. The amendment proposals submitted by the head of the Prime Minister’s Office were approved with 117 votes in favour, 23 against and 19 abstentions.

Róbert Kiss, a spokesman for the operative board coordinating Hungary’s response to the epidemic, told a press conference that 10,007 people were ordered into home quarantine by the authorities over the holiday weekend, 2,235 of them at border crossings. Currently 28,070 people are in official home quarantine, he said, adding that 1,174 of them have registered to use the smartphone application that can monitor compliance with quarantine orders.


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