Summary
Due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates, Croatian authorities are tightening nationwide restrictions on Oct. 12. Protective face coverings will be mandatory indoors and all outdoor spaces where a social distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) cannot be observed. In addition, gatherings will be limited to 50 people; exceptions for larger gatherings may be granted by Civil Protection officials.

As of Oct. 12, Croatia is maintaining international travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. All citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, and the UK, as well as permanent EU/EEA residents, are permitted to enter Croatia without restrictions. Other foreign nationals can enter Croatia for commercial, touristic, or pressing personal reasons without quarantine if they provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Arrivals without such evidence will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, which can be reduced to seven days on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result.

Nonessential businesses are operating provided they adhere to social-distancing requirements, and public transport has resumed. Authorities are mandating 2-meter (6-foot) social distancing between people from different households. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

 

Background and Analysis
The measures undertaken by the Croatian government is similar to actions taken by other European governments due to changing COVID-19 infection rates. Authorities could reintroduce sporadic, targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to districts, neighborhoods, or even specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks.

 

Advice
Follow all official directives. Abide by national health and safety measures. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

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