Croatia tests COVID vaccine with 80-person party

Without restrictive measures, concert and wedding party also

14 May, 17:49

    ZAGREB - The first test event in Croatia for opening the country up without COVID restrictions was held Thursday night.

    A party with almost 100 invitees was held to test the effectiveness of vaccines and serve as the basis for loosening restrittive measures in the coming weeks, especially in view of the upcoming tourist season.

    In a Zagreb restaurant, 80 people who had already had both doses of a COVID vaccine and received a negative test result from a COVID test within the 48 hours before were able to gather for a dinner without any restrictive measures in place.

    The event was held as a reception to encourage invitees to socialise without social distancing, shaking hands and touching each other.

    Epidemiologists were present at the event who will in the coming days check up on the health of those taking part. All will be tested for COVID-19. Meanwhile they will need to abide by protective measures and avoid social contact.

    On Saturday a concert and a wedding party will be held with similar rules in the presence of people who have recently had COVID or only a negative test within the previous 48 hours.

    The Institute for Public Health will release the epidemiological findings from these events, which will be used to make decisions as to what restrictive measures can be loosened from June 1, when the tourist season begins.

    At least 25% of the Croatian population over 4 million has received at least the first dose of a COVID vaccine.

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