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MEASURES IN FORCE: 

MOVEMENT AND LOITERING

1. Public gatherings are prohibited. 

2. Ban on visiting persons deprived of their liberty and detainees, except for lawyers and court experts under the court decision and on visiting persons who are serving a prison sentence. 

3. Ban on wedding gatherings.

4.Only immediate family members are allowed to attend funeral services

5. Religious communities are obliged to adapt their activities to the current epidemiological situation and to preform religious rites in religious facilities, as follows: 

- To limit the number of persons who can be in a religious building at the same time during a religious rite - one person on 10 square meters, with the obligation to respect a social distance of at least two meters

- To provide hand sanitizer at the entrance/exit of the religious facility; - To prominently display, at the entrance of the religious facility, a notice on the maximum number of persons who can be inside the religious facility at the same time;

- Persons in a religious facility are obliged to wear a protective mask, except for religious officials who participate in the performance of religious rites;  

- Up to 20 persons may be present in an open space belonging to a religious facility, with the obligation to respect a distance of at least two meters;

- The responsible person in the religious facility ensures consistent compliance with the prescribed measures. 

TRANSPORT AND TRAVELLING 

6. In domestic road, rail and maritime transport, carriers are obliged to apply measures of prevention, in accordance with the Instruction of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro, as follows: 

- the taxi carriers are obliged to carry out public transport (bus and van transport) of passengers in road traffic (intercity, suburban, city) and railway traffic with the implementation of prevention measures (wearing protective masks, disinfection of hands at entering/ exiting vehicles, without the possibility of passengers standing in vehicle), in line with the instructions of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;

- the taxi carriers who perform car - taxi transport of passengers are obliged to perform transportation of passengers, so that both passengers and driver wear a protective mask. The driver is obliged to disinfect the surfaces most often touched by passengers (handles and internal parts of doors and seats) with disinfectants after the ride, in accordance with instructions of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro; 

- The driver and passengers are obliged to wear protective masks in the passenger motor vehicle and to disinfect their hands when entering/ exiting the vehicle (except for members of a joint family household);

- The carrier is obliged to perform the transport of passengers in internal maritime traffic with the application of preventive measures (wearing protective masks, without the possibility of standing in vessel), in accordance with the instructions of the Institute of Public Health.

7. International passenger (road, rail, sea and air) traffic is suspended, except for the arrival of Montenegrin citizens that will be announced, through diplomatic and consular missions, to the Operational Staff of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, with mandatory quarantine, in accordance with the decision of the health and sanitary inspection.  

8. Closure of border crossings for passengers border traffic to: 

- Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Šćepan Polje - Hum, Plužine - Foča road; Šula - Vitina, Pljevlja - Foča road; Sitnica - Župci, Herceg Novi - Trebinje road; Meteljka - Meteljka, Pljevlja - Čajanče road); 

- Republic of Albania: (Grnčar - Baškim, Plav - Shkoder road, Sukobin - Murićani, Ulcinj - Shkoder road); 

- Republic of Croatia: (Kobila - Vitina, Herceg Novi - Vitina Dubrovnik road); 

- Republic of Serbia: (Ranče - Jabuka, Pljevlja - Prijepolje road; Vuče - Godova, Rožaje - Tutin road; Čemerno (Pljevlja - Priboj road). 

9. Ban on entering Montenegro for foreigners, except for: 

- Foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro;

- Foreign seafarers in transit embarking or disembarking at ports Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor - Portonovi port and Tivat (GAT I and GAT II); 

- Foreigners who operate motor vehicles used for traffic of goods, with special measures of health and sanitary supervision, based on the decision of the health sanitary inspection; 

- Foreigners coming by non - commercial air transport along with the temporary measures as follow:

- the aircraft used for non - commercial air traffic may have a capacity of up to 10 seats;

- crew and passengers are obliged to wear protective masks when getting off the aircraft and during their stay at the airport; 

- while entering Montenegro, passengers and crew must have a PCR test for SARS - CoV - 2 not older than 48 hours; 

- after entering Montenegro, health surveillance measures will be applied to passengers, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;

- for the arrival/ departure of the passengers from the passenger terminal to the accommodation, it is necessary to organise a special transport, in line with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro; 

- while staying in a hotel or other accommodation, passengers are obliged to apply the recommendations of the Public Health Institute. 

10. Ban all cruisers and yachts from entering nautical tourism ports - marinas and commercial ports open to international traffic: Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor - Portonovi port and Tivat (Gat I and Gat II), except for organised reception for organised reception and management of foreign vessels, crews, respecting self - isolation measures.  

Self - isolation of a foreign vessel, with crew, implies a berth in the port for 28 days, with health and sanitary supervision by the competent health institution, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro, based on the decision of the health and sanitary inspection. 

The charterer or concessionaire of a nautical tourism port - a marina and a commercial port open to international traffic is obliged to take measures to prevent the introduction into the country, to suppress and prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus, based on the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro. 

11. Legal entities and entrepreneurs providing car rental services are obliged to organise work in a such a way that there can be only one person in the facility on (10 metres square) where the vehicle is rented, to provide employees and costumers to wear protective masks inside the facility, to provide hand sanitizers to costumers when entering/ leaving the facility and to disinfect the interior of the rental vehicle with disinfectants before the customer enters the vehicle, in accordance with the instruction of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro. 

12. State employees and employed in state bodies, state administration bodies, administrative bodies and state employees in local - self government bodies are prohibited from traveling abroad, except in cases where the trip is of state interest with the prior consent of the head of the authority.

13. Arrangements of all student tours, educational meetings etc. abroad is prohibited. 

EDUCATION 

14. Suspension of work at public and private educational institutions. 

15. During suspension of work at public and private educational institutions, one of the parent / guardians / foster parents / adoptive parents or a single parent of a child not older than 11 years of age, shall be granted the right to paid absence, except for employees in the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defence, the National Security Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, the Police Directorate, the Customs Administration, the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs, institutions for accommodation of persons in the area of social and and child protection, the Directorate for Execution of Criminal Sanctions, protection and rescue services, which activities are assessed by the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, as necessary for the duration of these measures. 

QUARANTINE AND SELF - ISOLATION

16. Compulsory self - isolation for all Montenegrin citizens, as well as for foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, who come from abroad. The duration of quarantine is 14 days.

17. Persons who have been in contact or are suspected to have been in contact with persons suffering from the novel coronavirus symptoms of this disease, are placed in self - isolation in a family household or other facility. 

SPORTS AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES 

18. Owners and users of sports facilities (indoor and outdoor sports facilities - sports fields and swimming pools), as well as sports organisations are obliged to provide athletes to carry out their sports activities, without presence of the audience, in the sports facility, while organising work in a such a way that: 

 - Athletes perform their sports activities individually;

 -  A number of athletes, coaches, sports experts and technical persons, who can be present at the same time in the part of sports facility where the training is preformed, is limited to a maximum of 12;

 - Provide a space of at least 10 square metres for each athlete;

 - Provide carrying out the sports activity, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m between customers;

 - Provide the time interval of at least 30 minutes, in the schedule between two training;

 - Provide complying with measures of personal hygiene - regular hand sanitizer, before and after the completed sports activity;

 - Provide the equipment and props for exercising, as well as a special space for each athlete, without possibility of sharing the use of props and premises (looker room, shower cubicles, etc.), while taking other measures, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.  

HEALTH 

19. Ban on visiting persons who are receiving hospital treatment in health care institutions and persons accommodated in social and childcare institutions.

20. Dental practices are obliged to organise work in such a way as to provide a system of mandatory patient scheduling, to ensure that only one patient can stay in the waiting room (on 10 square metres) at the time, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m between patients, to provide hand sanitizers to patients when entering/leaving the practice and to ensure that all employees follow work procedures and wear personal protective equipment, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute and the Dental Chamber of Montenegro. 

21. Functioning of the health system normalises in the part of providing health services, as follows:

 - The Clinical Centre of Montenegro and general and special hospitals and institutions in the health system network will ensure the gradual availability of specialist examinations for all patients; 

 - It will be ensured that all patients wear protective masks during their stay in the health institution (provided that the patients clinical condition allows the wearing of the mask and that the mask does not compromise the patients respiratory function) and ensure respect for social distance of at least two meters between patients;

 - A notice on valid temporary measures for prevention and control of the novel coronavirus will be prominently displayed in the health institution;

 - Hand sanitizer will be provided to patients at the entrance/exit of the health institution;

 - Implementation of the screening programme for colon cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer will be postponed for the duration of the measures;

 - Measures will be implemented in health centres that will enable rational and efficient use of human resources in the current epidemiological conditions;

 - The point at health centre Tološi for patients suspicious of being infected with Covid - 19 will continue to work; and 

 - Referral and transport of patients for treatment outside Montenegro will be provided, only in life - threatening cases. 

ECONOMY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

22. Closure of children's playrooms

Economy and entrepreneurship - tourism and catering industries

23. Closure of disco clubs/bars and night clubs/bars. 

24. Obligation of companies, other legal entities and entrepreneurs performing catering activities in catering facilities (restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities) including the provision of catering facilities at beaches to organise their work in such a way, so to: 

- Display, at the catering outlet, a notice of prescribed temporary measures for the prevention and suppression of the novel coronavirus with instruction for their implementation; 

- A maximum of four guest may sit at the table, i.e. more guests if they are members of the joint family household; 

- Provide a distance of at least two metres between the tables, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute;

- Provide the hand sanitizers to employees in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute, while employees are obliged to wear protective masks; 

- Provide the hand sanitizers to customers when entering/ leaving the facility, as recommended by Public Health Institute; 

- Disable the self - service, standing and staying in front of the bar;

- Provide regular maintenance of hygiene and disinfection of common areas, furniture, equipment etc. in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute. 

25. Users of disordered bathing - places are obliged to respect the distance of at least two metres, except for members of the joint family household, in accordance with the instructions of the Public Health Institute.

Economy and entrepreneurship - trade

26. Owner/ user and manager of the shopping mall are obliged to organise their work in such a way so to: 

- Display prominently, at the shopping mall entrance, a notice of prescribed temporary measures for the prevention and suppression of the novel coronavirus with instructions for their implementation;

- Provide/ mark a distance of at least two meters between consumers/visitors in front of the shopping mall;

- Limit the number of consumers/ visitors who can be in the shopping mall at the same time, i.e. in each individual facility in the shopping mall, so that only one person can be found on 10 square metres of the facility surface, while respecting the distance of at least two metres;  

- Provide obligatory control on the number of consumers/ visitors in the shopping mall, i.e. in each individual facility in the shopping mall (installing automatic counter or hiring a special monitoring service); 

- Clearly mark the obligatory direction of movement of consumers/ visitors in a visible place in the shopping mall (determination of a separate entrance and exit); 

- Provide the hand sanitizers to consumers/visitors when entering/leaving the shopping mall, i.e. in each individual facility in the shopping mall, as recommended by the Public Health Institute; 

- Ensure that employees and consumers/ visitors wear protective mask;

- Provide regular maintenance of hygiene and disinfection of common areas, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute;

- Provide marked places for hygienic waste disposal.  

It is the obligation of employers to ensure the use of protective mask and disinfectants, as well as other prescribed measures, for employees during their work in facilities and premises. 

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure consistent compliance with the prescribed measures by consumers, service users and visitors; 

27. The operation of cinemas and children's playrooms in shopping malls is prohibited; 

28. Legal entities and entrepreneurs engaged in indoor trade on stands/ stalls are obliged to organise their work in such a way that: 

- display at the entrance/ exit of the facility, a notice of prescribed temporary measures for the prevention and suppression of the novel coronavirus with instructions for their implementation;

- limit the number of consumers who can be in the facility at the same time - only one person on 10 square metres, while respecting the distance of two metres of at least two metres between consumers;

- Provide mandatory control on the number of consumers in the facility (installation of automatic counters or hiring a special monitoring service);

- Clearly mark the obligatory direction of movement of consumers in a visible place (determination of a separate entrance and exit);

- Provide the hand sanitizers to consumers when entering / leaving the facility, as recommended by the Public Health Institute; 

- Provide the hand sanitizers to employees, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute; 

- Ensure that the employees and consumers wear protective masks; 

- Provide regular maintenance of hygiene and disinfection of common areas, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute; 

- Provide marked places for hygiene waste disposal. 

It is the obligation of employers, to ensure the use of protective masks and disinfectants, as well as other prescribed measures, for employees during work in facilities and premises. 

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure consistent compliance with the prescribed measures by consumers, service users and visitors.  

29. Companies and entrepreneurs engaged in retail trade, including green markets, are obliged to:

 - provide the hand sanitizers to consumers when entering / leaving the facility, as recommended by the Public Health Institute of Montenegro; 

- limit the number of consumers who can be in the facility at the same time - only one person on 10 metres square, while respecting the distance of at least 2, between consumers, i.e. consumers and employees;

 - ensure that all employees, including green market vendors and consumers, wear protective masks, in accordance with the guidelines of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro;

 - control in larger retail outlets (markets, supermarkets, hypermarkets, etc.) the number of consumers entering and leaving the facility, as well as to provide transparent panels in order to separate cashiers from the consumers; 

- provide / mark a distance of at least two meters between persons in front retail outlets, at cash registers and in sectors where goods are served by employees in the retail outlet;

- display, at the store entrance, a notice of prescribed temporary measures for the prevention and suppression of the novel coronavirus with instructions for their implementation. 

Economy and entrepreneurship - hairdressers and beauticians 

30. Companies and entrepreneurs providing hairdressing and beauty salon services are obliged to organise work in a such a way that only one person on 10 square metres can stay in the facility at the same time, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m between the customers, and if that is not possible to provide a barrier between the working chairs (made of non - absorbent material at the height of at least 2 meters) and to provide hand sanitizers to customers when entering/leaving the facility. Employees and customers are obliged to wear a protective mask, and in case of providing a customer with a shaving services or facial cosmetic treatment, when customer is not wearing a mask, the employee is obliged to wear a visor or glasses, in accordance with the instruction of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.   

Economy and entrepreneurship - fitness centres and gyms 

31. Companies and entrepreneurs providing services in fitness centres and gym are obliged to organise work in a such a way that only one person on 10 square meters or two persons can stay in the facility at the same time, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m between the customers and to provide hand sanitizers to customers when entering/ leaving the facility. Employees are required to wear a protective mask, except during active training/exercise. Customers in fitness centres and gyms are obliged to disinfect with adequate disinfectant the surface and device when changing exercise device, as well as to respect other measures, in accordance with the instructions of the public Health Institute of Montenegro.

Economy and entrepreneurship - other trade, services etc. 

32. Companies and entrepreneurs engaged in artisanal activities, repair and maintenance of equipment, tools, appliances, motor vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery, technical inspection of vehicles are obliged to organise work in a such a way that there can be be only one customer on 10 square metres of the facility surface, while respecting the social distance of at least two meters between the customers, that is the customer and the service provider, while providing hand sanitizers to customers when entering/leaving the facility. Both, employees and customers are obliged to wear a protective mask.  

Economy and entrepreneurship - gambling games

33. Carrying out gambling games in casinos is prohibited, while other gambling organisers in betting shops and gambling houses are obliged to organise work in such a way that only one person can be in the facility on 10 square meters at the time and provide hand sanitizers to customers when entering/ leaving the facility. Employees and players in these facilities are required to wear protective masks and respect the social distance of at least 2 m and the player in the gaming venue must use his pen. Players in facility where the games of chance are organised are obliged to disinfect with adequate disinfectant the gaming machine and accessories, in accordance with the instruction of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.  

STATE ADMINISTRATION - DOCUMENTS 

34. State authorities, state administration bodies, local self - government bodies and local governments are obliged to consider expired personal documents issued after 2008 (identity card, passport and drivers license), held by citizens, on the basis of which they exercise their rights or fulfill their obligations before these authorities, as valid. (The measure is valid until 1 June 2020). 

35. Competent authorities that control and regulate the traffic on the roads are obliged to consider traffic licenses which have expired valid until 1 June 2020, if the driver, along the license, possesses a valid insurance policy and proof of performed technical inspection of the vehicle. 

36. State authorities, public administration bodies, local self - government and local administration authority, companies, public institutions and other legal persons, entrepreneurs and natural persons are obliged to consider expired permanent residence permit, temporary residence permit and temporary residence and work permit of foreigners, on the basis of which they exercise their rights or fulfill their obligations before these authorities, as valid until 1 June 2020. 

37. Expired sanitary booklets by certain persons shall be considered valid until 30 June 2020.

38. Reports on the health status assessment, i.e. ability of employees in workplaces with special working conditions, or with increased risk, which have expired, shall be considered valid until 30 June 2020. 

39. Licenses, a copy of licenses and other documents for the public transport of passengers and freight in international, domestic and local road transport, which have expired, shall be considered valid until 30 June 2020. 

40. State authorities, state administration bodies, bodies of local self - government and local government, legal entities exercising public authority and public services are obliged to deliver by post all decisions in the proceedings before these bodies to the parties

COUNTER SERVICES (STATE ADMINISTRATION, BANKS, POST OFFICES etc.)

41. State authorities, state and local government bodies, banks, post offices and other legal entities are obliged to organise work with citizens so that only one person can be in the public office on 10 square meters at the time, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m between the users, to install a screen (made of transparent non - absorbent solid material) between the employee and the customer, to provide hand sanitizers to users when entering/leaving the facility and to ensure that employees and customers wear protective masks, in accordance with the instruction of the Public health Institute of Montenegro. 

LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES  etc. 

42. Cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums and galleries) are obliged to organise work in such a way that only one person can be in the facility on 10 square meters at the time, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m between the users, to provide hand sanitizers to customers when entering/leaving the facility and ensure that employees and customers to wear protective masks, in accordance with the instruction of the Public Health Institute. 

DRIVING SCHOOLS

43. Legal entities that train drivers (driver schools) are obliged to organise work in such a way that there can be only one person in the rooms for theoretical driving test (on 4 square metres of the surface of the room) and to provide hand sanitizers to customers when entering/ leaving these premises. Employees and customers are obliged to wear protective masks, while respecting the social distance of at least 2 m. Driving schools are obliged to disinfect the interior of the vehicle with disinfectants before and after using the vehicles for the practical training of the candidates and passing the practical driving test, in accordance with the instruction of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro. 

PUBLIC SECTOR 

44. Public sector employees are required to wear protective masks, while working indoor. 

CONSTRUCTION

45. Companies, other legal entities or entrepreneurs who carry out the construction work and are responsible for the execution of construction works on the facility, i.e. for the execution of certain works are obliged to:

 - Ensure adherence to epidemiological measures, especially respecting the social distance between employees and other measures to ensure health protection;

 - Put notice, in a conspicuous place on the construction site, on the temporary prevention and control measures against the novel coronavirus;

 - Ensure that all employees preforming construction work, during their organised transportation to and from the construction site, as well as during their stay and work on the construction site (except during the mealtime), use personal protective equipment - masks and gloves;

 - Prohibit all employees who carry out construction work on the construction site, during working hours, from leaving the construction site to procure food, etc; 

 - Provide food delivery to employees performing construction work on the construction site; 

 - Ensure social distance during the organised transportation of employees from and to the construction site (bus or van).

46. Companies, other legal entities or entrepreneurs who carry out the construction works and are responsible for the execution of construction works on the facility, i.e. for the execution of certain works are obliged to organise work in several groups of 20 or less employees at larger construction sites (with 40 or more employees), bearing in mind that groups cannot be changed, while ensuring social distance at the construction site and avoiding to the greatest extent possible physical contact between these groups after leaving the construction site. This obligation also applies to the organisation of collective accommodation of employees, their transportation, area intended for food consumption at the construction site, the time distance when arriving at the construction site, which must prevent the merging of employees divided into groups.

47. Companies, other legal entities or entrepreneurs who carry out the construction works and are responsible for the execution of construction works on the facility, i.e. for the execution of certain works are obliged to organise the work of the principal, responsible, and other engineers indoors in such a way as to provide greater social distance with the mandatory use of personal protective equipment - masks and gloves.