Romanian Health Minister Nelu Tataru announced on Tuesday that new relaxation measures will be taken as of June 1.
According to the official, the authorities will assess the first period of 14 days of relaxation after the end of the state of emergency and then announce the new relaxation measures.
“For now we can say with a quite high degree of certainty that we will reopen terraces(of restaurants)… We’ll keep the same social distance,” Tataru told local broadcaster B1TV, quoted by the official Agerpres news agency.
“There may be other measures too, but we’ll proceed to the assessment at the end of this week,” he added.
According to the minister, beaches could reopen from June 15 and from July or August, the Romanians could lead “a quasi-normal life.”
As the first batch of relaxation measures after the end of the state of emergency, residents are allowed to travel locally, but mask-wearing is mandatory in enclosed public spaces and on public transport. Meanwhile, parks reopened, while shops with access directly to the street, barbers, beauty salons, dentists and museums resumed business.
Romania reported its first COVID-19 case on Feb. 26, which involved a 20-year-old Romanian national infected by an Italian visitor. The country announced 146 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 18,429, with 1,216 fatalities.