November 13, 2020 - New epidemiological measures will apply to the whole of Montenegro from this Sunday: these include a ban on leaving residential buildings from 9 pm to 5 am, shops and restaurants opening until 8 pm, a ban on intercity traffic on weekends, a maximum of four people together, and religious rites and gatherings without believers.
These measures, as the Minister of Health Kenan Hrapović stated, will be valid until December 1, with the possibility of extension in case of a problematic epidemiological situation.
Milutin Simović resigned as president of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT), said Hrapović, who will replace Simović in that position. Hrapović pointed out that it is the last chance to forget all our differences and who is to blame for what.
"In parallel with the easing of restrictive measures, the opening of borders and the revival of the economy took place. It has become clear that such a restrictive closure, as was the case in almost all countries, is not sustainable in the long run, primarily due to the impact on the economy," Hrapovic said at a press conference.
According to the Minister, appeals did not yield results for a proportion of the public.
"In a situation of large-scale transmission, the "traffic light" system gave results, but not as expected," said Hrapović.
He pointed out that health workers are under tremendous pressure and are sacrificing a great deal.
"Each of us can help improve this situation. For those who are healthy, the rule is simple - distance, hands, mask. If you suspect that you are contagious - isolate yourself. Each one of us is part of the solution," added Hrapović.
"We ask all state bodies, especially the judiciary and the prosecutor's office, to implement measures as a top priority. We call on the leaders of political parties to show consistent respect for the rules by personal example," the minister added.
The Director of the IPH, Boban Mugoša, announced that, if these measures are respected, it will reduce the number of infections.