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New measures to protect citizens from coronavirus: closure of most commercial facilities, suspension of taxi services…

New measures to protect citizens from coronavirus: closure of most commercial facilities, suspension of taxi services…
Published date 18.03.2020 23:18 | Author PR Service

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The Ministry of Health passed today, following a session of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, an order on new temporary measures to protect citizens from the spread of coronavirus, as well as new recommendations.

Temporary measures are imposed to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases into the country, suppress and prevent the transmission to other countries, as well as protect the population from the novel coronavirus, namely:

1) ensuring regular work and provision of services by legal entities established by state or local self-government, which perform tasks of public interest and are irreplaceable condition for life and work of citizens;

2) ban on the operation of commercial facilities, except pharmacies and facilities where food, beverages, hygiene products, motor fuels, construction products, plant protection products and planting products, animal nutrition and treatment products are traded;

3) suspension of taxi services;

4) making stocks of protective equipment and disinfectants owned by wholesale drug stores available to the public health system of Montenegro, with financial compensation at market prices;

5) modification of the health system functioning when providing health services, as follows:

- to provide specialist examinations for emergency patients based on the proposal of the chosen doctor with the label "urgent" at the Clinical Centre of Montenegro, general and specialised hospitals, as well as institutions in the Health System Network. Pre-scheduled specialist examinations will be performed once epidemiological conditions are met;

- to provide all medical services on a continuous basis for haematology/oncology patients at the Clinical Centre of Montenegro according to the established schedule;

- to delay screening programmes for colon, breast and cervical cancer while measures last; 

- to suspend the operation of dental practices, with the obligation to arrange on-call emergency services for emergency patients;

- to oblige all community health centres to implement measures that will allow the rational and efficient use of human resources under current epidemiological conditions;

- to oblige the Health Centre Podgorica to open a checkpoint for patients "suspected of infection with COVID 19" in the Tološi-based health facility;

- to provide referral and transportation of patients for treatment outside Montenegro, only in life-threatening cases;

6) allowing pharmacies to deliver medicines and medical supplies to the home address of citizens with restricted movement. Delivery may be made for medicines and medical supplies that meet the requirements for retail trade. The pharmacy performing the delivery is obliged to keep records in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Pharmaceutical Activity;

7) due to epidemiological risk, it is forbidden to organise delivery of groceries and medicines to home addresses without the consent of the Operational Staff of the National Coordinating Body for Communicable Diseases; 

8) the community police officer is also authorised to file criminal charges for determining criminal liability for failure to comply with the provisions of orders on temporary measures to suppress and prevent transmission of a novel coronavirus relating to:

- ban on providing catering services in hotels, except for registered guests;

- closure of disco clubs/bars and nightclubs/bars;

- closure of catering facilities - cafes, cafeterias, restaurants and bars, except catering facilities that deliver food and takeaway caterings, while guests' stay in these facilities is prohibited;

- closure of shopping malls;

- ban on gathering of the population in indoor and outdoor public areas (public gatherings, public events, sports, political, religious, cultural and artistic, private gatherings, ceremonies and events, in accordance with the law);

- closure of children's playrooms;

- closure of fitness centres;

- closure of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities and swimming pools;

- closure of casinos and bookmakers;

- suspension of public transport of passengers (suburban and urban) by bus and van;

- closure of hair and beauty salons;

- ban on the operation of commercial facilities, except pharmacies and facilities where food, beverages, hygiene products, motor fuels, construction products, plant protection products and planting products, animal nutrition and treatment products are traded;

- suspension of taxi services.

It is emphasised that non-compliance with the measures is subject to criminal liability, in accordance with Art. 287 and 302 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro.

The Ministry of Health recommends that chronic patients and persons over the age of 65 don't leave their homes in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to protect citizens.

Citizens who do not have compulsory work engagement are urged not to leave their homes, unless necessary.

It is recommended that the Red Cross of Montenegro should provide food, medicines, hygiene products and other necessities for disabled persons, pensioners, the elderly and chronic patients, unless they have other options and support for these needs.

Citizens are advised not to carpool, unless those are persons with whom they live in a shared household.

In view of the significant number of donors that express their willingness to assist the state's efforts to combat the coronavirus, the National Coordination Body welcomed the noble intentions and invited all interested entities to communicate with the National Coordination Body via email CoronaInfoCG@gov.me.

Giro accounts are open for donations - for payments in the country 510-117161-85, and for payments from abroad: Intermediary bank RAIFFEISEN ZENTRALBANK OESTERREICH AG VIENNA, SWIFT RZBAATWW, Account with Institution Party Identifier 000-55.062.301, Swift Address CKBCMEPG, Name CRNOGORSKA KOMERCIJALNA BANKA AD PODGORICA, Beneficiary Customer VLADA CRNE GORE Nacionalno koordinaciono tijelo za zarazne bolosti, Karađorđeva b. b. 81000, Podgorica, MONTENEGRO, IBAN: ME25510000000011716185.

PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO