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Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Hungary relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions on people with government-issued immunity cards on Saturday.

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Hungary relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions on people with government-issued immune cards on Saturday, the latest in a series of resumptions following an ambitious vaccination campaign. did.

As of Saturday, anyone with a plastic card can enter the indoor dining room, hotel, theater, cinema, spa, gym, library, museum and other recreational facilities. Business hours will be extended to 11:00 pm and curfew will begin at midnight after November.

Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 are eligible for a Hungarian immune card. This card must be presented at the facility prior to entry. If you do not have a card, you may be fined a lot if you are admitted.

The zoo also began accepting guests after nearly six months of forced closure. Budapest zoo spokesman Zoltan Hanga said the zoo in the Hungarian capital was last closed during World War II.

“Today is an important day,” Hanga said. “The zoo is great when a lot of people get to know the world of animals and are full of people visiting to have a good time. Finally, this time has come.”

Children under the age of 18 accompanied by an adult cardholder can enter the facility without a card. At the zoo, parents and children lined up at the cash desk prior to the opening on Saturday morning.

“The restrictions have been relaxed so we can go to more places with our children and husband,” said Eva Marossan, who took her little son Zoltan to the animals. “It was very terrible to close inside, and now that the place is open, it’s really uplifting for us.”

Hungary has received 4 million initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine, accounting for about 40% of the population. The country has the second highest immunization rate in the European Union and is the only one in the EU’s 27 countries that use vaccines from China and Russia in addition to Western jabs.

However, according to Johns Hopkins University, the devastating pandemic surge this spring has resulted in Hungary’s highest COVID-19 mortality rate per million inhabitants in the world. About 9.7 million countries report more than 27,500 deaths in the pandemic.

“Previously, we protected ourselves by shutting down, which slowed the spread of the virus, but now we are under attack,” Orban said on Friday. I did. “Vaccines are like bulletproof vests. Viruses bounce off.”

The whole problem with immune cards or so-called COVID-19 passports is at stake. Critics say they are discriminating against people in poor countries where vaccines are not available. Hungary is also trying to counter the EU’s move to issue such documents only to those who have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency. This does not include vaccines previously manufactured in China and Russia.

A soccer match in Budapest on Saturday is expected to accept fans with immune cards. Competing clubs issued a statement that masks are not needed at the stadium, but urged fans to wear masks anyway.

On Thursday, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Sijart announced that travel between Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro would be permitted without quarantine or testing requirements for immunity cardholders from these countries. He said negotiations for a similar agreement were underway with Greece and Israel.

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