Coronavirus: Can We Go to the Coast This Summer? "We Hope So"

By 29 April 2020

As Croatia begins to gradually loosen its anti-epidemic measures, more specifically in three phases, many have begun to hope that normality and the chance to go to the coast this summer are a possibility. However, any move that comes too soon could result in another wave of coronavirus infections...

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 29th of April, 2020, if we move too quickly with the loosening of the anti-coronavirus measures, we will ruin everything we've achieved so far, and then we will need to return to lockdown very quickly, Zvonimir Frka-Petesic said this morning on HRT, talking about the gradual loosening of the protective measures introduced last month because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, which Croatia has handled excellently.

"Our goal is to sustainably loosen the measures," added Frka-Petesic, adding that he disagreed with the opinion of some that the measures in Croatia are too stringent when compared to some other countries.

"I fear that those countries that are loosening things far more quickly than we are will have to deal with what epidemiologists call the second wave [of the pandemic]. We don't want that,'' he said.

An epidemiologist from the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Iva Pem Novosel, said they were mostly satisfied with the behaviour of citizens after the loosening of the measures began, but she stated that she wanted to remind people once again that it is very important to continue to stick to all of the measures and recommendations that are still in place, as the danger has not yet passed.

Asked if we could go to the coast this year, Frka-Petesic said he hoped that we'll be able to.

"We're working on it, we're preparing for the season," Frka-Petesic replied, adding that Croatia has never had less competition across the Mediterranean than it has now.

"I believe that given these results, we must all be wise, sensible, and keep our contacts to a minimum, we should keep everything to only what is necessary so that we can all go to the coast together," Pem Novosel told HRT.

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