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Podgorica, 24 March 2020 - The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases decided that residents of the Municipality of Tuzi from tonight need to stay in their homes in order to protect the lives and health of citizens with a view to preventing further spread of coronavirus detected there on a large scale.
 
The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases adopted several decisions aimed at preventing further spread of coronavirus and protecting lives and health of citizens.
 
The temporary measures are:
1) suspension of international passenger traffic, except for the arrival of Montenegrin nationals, through diplomatic and consular missions, announced to the Operational Staff of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, with mandatory quarantine accommodation, in accordance with the decision of the health and sanitary inspection;
2) ban on intercity passenger transport, except for passenger motor vehicles carrying out activities essential for the traffic of goods, supply and delivery of medicines, ambulance, utilities, supply of fuel and electricity, transportation of employees, transportation of persons residing outside the place of residence in order for them to return to a place of residence;
3) ban on presence and loitering of more than two persons together in an open public place (sidewalks, squares, streets, parks, promenades, beaches, etc.), except for persons who perform their regular work tasks; 
4) possibility of a chosen doctor to, at the request of the employee, extend the temporary incapacity to work up to 30 days (determined by the chosen team or the chosen doctor) and the temporary incapacity to work longer than 30 days (determined by the competent medical committee) until 30 April 2020;
5) obligation of legal and natural persons performing construction work to organise the work in a way that ensures respect for epidemiological measures, especially respecting the social distance between employees and other measures to provide protection and health at work;
6) obligation of pharmacies, food, beverage and hygiene facilities, specialised facilities for the sale of baby equipment, construction products, plant protection products and planting materials, animal nutrition and treatment products, agricultural machinery, and funeral equipment to organise working hours between 8am and 6pm, except delivery to the customer's address, which can be done during business hours, which the vendor points out in accordance with the regulations;
7) obligation of the owner or user of the kiosks in which the newspapers are sold to organise working hours in the period from 7am to 3pm, in two shifts of four hours per employee;
8) obligation of the competent authorities that control and regulate the traffic on the roads to consider traffic licenses which have expired valid if the driver, along the license, possesses a valid insurance policy and proof of performed technical inspection of the vehicle;
9) obligation of state authorities, public administration bodies, local self-government and local administration authority, companies, public institutions and other legal persons, entrepreneurs and natural persons to consider valid 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;
10) suspension of fee collection (in the amount of EUR 2) for citizens who ordered the issuance of birth certificates and certificates from the register of Montenegrin citizens at www.dokumenta.me.
 
The session concluded that increased inspection control was required. Therefore, the National Coordination Body urged competent inspectorates to strengthen control on compliance with all previous measures, especially those related to social distance and disinfection measures.
 
The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases has carefully analyzed the statements of trade union representatives and noted that the protection of health care professionals is a vital link in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. It was decided that trade unions would be invited to one of the next sessions to look at the best options for their active involvement in order to create the best response to the challenges facing our country. The President of the National Coordination Body recalled that the dialogue over the past three years was a sign of recognition of this Government. Now we need friends at every address, especially among doctors - the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases stressed.

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Podgorica, 22 March 2020 - The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases decided to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection and to protect the population from this infectious disease by requiring all religious communities to adapt their activities to the current epidemiological situation and to conduct religious services in religious facilities without the presence of citizens.
The decision was made on the basis of a report by the relevant security services according to which only today 1,350 people attended religious ceremonies throughout Montenegro, as well as on the basis of the epidemiologists' estimates that these gatherings present the greatest epidemiological risk at the moment. If at one of the religious gatherings only one person was a transmitter, Montenegro would face an uncontrolled spread of the virus.
From the hygiene point of view, and especially from the epidemiological point of view in these circumstances, an extremely problematic part of the religious rituals has been shown today in the media in which more persons took part in symbolic consumption of food using the same cutlery (spoon).
The National Coordinating Body for Communicable Diseases stresses that it is not a matter of closing religious facilities since they remain open to priests, but that the measure obliges religious communities to perform rituals and other activities without the presence of citizens.
Faced with the new challenge of spreading the epidemic, the National Coordination Body, whose primary priority is protection of public health, insists on consistently obeying all orders, emphasising in particular the measures adopted two days ago, which include banning wedding gatherings and conducting funerals with immediate family only.
At today's session, the National Coordination Body reiterated its strong commitment that disclosing the identity of persons in self-isolation is necessary in a situation where Montenegro unfortunately faced an unacceptable number of violations of decisions on self-isolation at home.
Tragic experiences around the world show that people get infected and die from coronavirus mostly because of the lack of discipline. We point out that no one, because of his or her lack of discipline, has the right to endanger others. The task of every citizen is to be disciplined and to urge, encourage and admonish others to be disciplined.
 
The National Coordinating Body advises that everyone is welcome to help and contribute to the efforts to preserve the health of the nation. In the days that follow, every hand of support is welcome. Therefore, we urge that we continue together, at full strength. The common goal must be to protect as many lives of Montenegrin citizens as possible.
 
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Podgorica, 21 March 2020 - With a view to protecting citizens and preventing the further spread of coronavirus in Montenegro, while noting the high level of population risk associated with gatherings at weddings and funerals, the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases has decided to adopt temporary measures: banning wedding gatherings and funerals will be conducted with immediate family only.
 
The decision was published late last night in the Official Gazette of Montenegro and is already in force.
 
We urge once again citizens to strictly and without exception adhere to all the prescribed measures because it is in their interest, interest of their families and the whole society.
 
The National Coordination Body amended a previous Order stipulating that two adults can be in a passenger vehicle at the same time by exempting from this prohibition vehicles of legal entities carrying employees, vehicles of media representatives and vehicles used for needs of emergency services (health, police, military, fire service, etc.).
 
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Podgorica, 19 March 2020 - The Ministry of Health imposed three new temporary measures to protect the population from the further spread of coronavirus:

1) The Health and Sanitary Inspection and the Police Directorate are tasked to monitor, to the maximum extent possible, activities of all persons who have been ordered a self-isolation, their household members, as well as persons who brought them from the border crossing to their place of residence.

If they find that these persons do not act in accordance with the imposed measure, the Health Sanitary Inspection and the Police Directorate will immediately file a criminal complaint with the competent state prosecutor's office for committing a criminal offense of failing to comply with the health regulations for the control of a dangerous contagious disease, for which imprisonment of up to one year is prescribed;

2) It is prohibited to transport more than two adults in a passenger vehicle at the same time;

3) The owners and tenants of restaurants and cafes are obliged to make the outdoor furniture inaccessible for use.

The Order to amend yesterday's Order was passed by exempting shops selling "baby equipment, print media, agricultural machinery and equipment and funeral equipment".

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The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases and the highest representatives of the judiciary agreed that in order to protect citizens and the entire society from the continued spread of coronavirus, the strictest sanctions laid down by the law, should be continually applied to all individuals and legal persons who violate the orders of the Ministry of Health, especially to individuals who do not comply with self-isolation solutions.

 

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Podgorica, 18 March 2020 - The Ministry of Health have passed today, following a session of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, an order on new temporary measures to protect citizens against the spread of coronavirus, as well as multiple recommendations.

Temporary measures are imposed to prevent carrying in the infectious diseases into the country, suppressing and preventing the transmission to other countries, as well as protecting the population against 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Podgorica, 17 March 2020 - New measures ordered; New recommendations to protect citizens from coronavirus published

The Ministry of Health issued an order earlier today, following a session of the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, to take a new set of precautionary measures, in order to protect citizens from the spread of coronavirus and make more recommendations to the state administration, industry and the media. 

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

  1. Public transport of passengers (suburban, urban and intercity) by buses and vans is suspended;
  2. Public transport of passengers by rail in domestic traffic is suspended;
  3. The crossing of the border crossings Sitnica - Župci (HN - Trebinje road), Meteljka - Metaljka (PV - Čajniče road) and Čemerno (PV - Priboj road) is suspended;
  4. The operation of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities and swimming pools is prohibited;
  5. Hair and beauty salons shall be closed;
  6. The public offices of the Ministry of the Internal and the Real Estate Administration shall be closed.

It is recommended to:

  1. Refrain from using public areas;
  2. Follow rigorous hygiene measures, especially of hands;
  3. Postpone weddings, burials should be held in a narrow family circle;
  4. The shops to dedicate the first two hours of opening to the elderly and persons with disabilities;
  5. The state institutions, local self-government and the economy to work closely with the National Coordination Body when communicating with public.
  6. The media to seek information regarding the COVID19 and to check information with the National Coordination Body prior publication.

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Podgorica, 15 March 2020 - Pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Population against Infectious Diseases, the Ministry of Health has ordered, upon the proposal of the Public Health Institute, taking temporary measures for preventing, carrying in the country, suppressing and preventing transmission of coronavirus.

Temporary measures are the following:

1) Prohibition of entry to foreigners, except to foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro and foreigners who operate motor vehicles used for traffic of goods;

The traffic of goods for the needs of Montenegro and for transit remains smooth, with special measures of health and sanitary control; 

2) Compulsory self-isolation for all Montenegrin citizens, as well as for foreigners who have permanent or temporary residence in Montenegro, who come from abroad, based on the decision of the health and sanitary inspection; 

3) Ban on providing catering services in hotels, except for registered guests; 

4) Closing of disco clubs / bars and nightclubs / bars; 

5) Closing of catering establishments - cafes, pubs, cafeterias, restaurants and bars, except catering establishments that deliver food and allow food and meals to be taken over, with a ban on the stay of guests in the facilities themselves;

6) Ban on providing shopping and catering services in shopping malls; 

7) Closing of children's playrooms;

8) Closing of fitness centres; 

9) Closure of casinos, betting shops and gambling houses;

10) Limiting the number of customers, in relation to the area of the retail outlet, so that only one consumer can be located in ten square meters of the surface of the outlet. Regardless of the surface, no more than 50 consumers can reside in a retail outlet at a time. 

Exceptionally for markets and bazaars, the number of customers who can be in the facility simultaneously limits up to 100 consumers;

11) Obligation of responsible persons in trade establishments to provide or mark a distance, of at least two meters between persons located in front of retail outlets, at cash registers and sectors where goods are served by employees in the outlet;

12) Obligation of responsible persons in trade establishments to ensure for their employees the implementation of health and protection measures prescribed by the Institute for Public Health of Montenegro;

13) The obligation of the responsible persons in the trade establishments to indicate at the entrance to the sales facility the notification of the maximum number of persons, who can be in the same facility at the same time and to organise the implementation of this measure;

14) The obligation of municipalities, the Capital and the Old Royal Capital to identify, in cooperation with the municipal crisis staffs, potential facilities for the implementation of quarantine measures, in line with the Rulebook on closer conditions and methods for organising and implementation of health surveillance and quarantine and the conditions that the quarantine must meet (Official Gazette of Montenegro 13/20) and propose to the Ministry of Health for further quarantine determination procedure.

The measures shall apply from the publication in the Official Gazette of Montenegro, for a period of 15 days.

Specific cases, which are the subject of interstate cooperation and the need of special state interest, and particularly for public health purposes, will be considered and decided by the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases.

Failure to comply with the measures referred to in Article 1 of this Decree, shall be subject to criminal liability, in accordance with Art. 287 and 302 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro.

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Podgorica, 13 March 2020 - The following measures have been adopted upon the proposal of the Public Health Institute:

Pursuant to Article 55, paragraph 1, items 2, 4 and 9 of the Law on the Protection of Population against Infectious Diseases (Official Gazette of Montenegro 12/18), the Ministry of Health has ordered taking temporary measures for preventing, carrying in the country, suppressing and preventing transmission of coronavirus.

The temporary measures adopted upon the proposal of the Public Health Institute are:

1) Prohibition of entry for all cruisers and yachts into ports: Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor - Portonovi port, Tivat (Gat I and Gat li) and Zelenika, until 2 April 2020;

2) Prohibition of landing and take-off for aircraft of "Freebird Airlines,", which is not a regular air carrier, at Podgorica Airport and Tivat Airport for the period from 13 to 19 March 2020;

3) Prohibition of gathering of population in indoor and outdoor public places, public gatherings, public events, sports, political, religious, cultural and artistic, private gatherings, ceremonies and events, in line with the law;

4) Prohibition of visits to persons undergoing hospital treatment in health care institutions and persons accommodated in social and child care institutions;

5) Prohibition of visits to persons deprived of their liberty and detainees, except for lawyers and court experts, at the discretion of the court, and prohibition of visits to persons who are serving a sentence, except lawyers and court experts, by order of the court;

6) Discontinuation of educational work in public and private educational institutions, for at least 15 days, starting on 16 March, 2020. During the discontinuation of this work one of the parents / guardians / foster parents / adoptive parents or a single parent of a child not older than 11 years, shall be provided with paid absence from work, except for employees in the health sector;

7) Closure of border crossings for passenger border traffic:

- to the Bosnia and Herzegovina: Šćepan Polje - Hum, on the Plužine - Foča road; on the Šula – Vitina border crossing, on the Pljevlja – Foča road;

- to the Republic of Albania: Grnčar - Baškim, on the Plav - Shkoder road; Sukobin – Murićani, on the Ulcinj - Shkoder road;

- to the Republic of Croatia: Kobila - Vitina, on the Herceg Novi - Vitina - Dubrovnik road,

- and to the Republic of Serbia: Ranče - Jabuka, on the Pljevlja – Prijepolje road and Vuče - Godova on the Rožaje – Tutin road.

8) Prohibited travel from Montenegro to:

- Japan,

- France,

- Germany,

- Switzerland,

- Denmark and

- Austria

9) Placing under the sanitary supervision of returnees / passengers in international traffic from:

Japan,

- France,

- Germany,

- Switzerland,

- Denmark

-Slovenia and

- Austria

10) The Property Administration to procure additional quantities of hygiene products, as well as means for disinfecting hands, workplaces and equipment, according to the priorities, primarily for the needs of educational institutions and health care institutions.

It is noted that failure to comply with the measures of this order is subject to criminal liability, in line with Articles 287 and 302 of the Criminal Code of Montenegro.

The Ministry of Health recommends:

  1. Owners, managers and tenants of shopping malls, large retail chains and retail establishments, catering facilities, sports and recreational facilities and swimming pools, playrooms for children and similar facilities, to implement measures, aimed at preventing citizen gatherings in a restricted area; Consumers and users of these facilities to avoid crowds and gatherings in a confined space;
  2. State authorities, state administration authorities, authorities of local self-government and local government, companies, public institutions and other legal entities, entrepreneurs and individuals who carry out a certain activity, to establish for the jobs for which the work process permits the performance of tasks within their competence i.e. activities from home. In doing so, they should determine the jobs for which it is possible to perform work from home and persons performing these tasks, which, due to their health and other circumstances, should not be exposed to the risk of becoming ill, the way of communication of employees performing tasks from home, the way to maintain meetings that are in the function of performing tasks within the competence and activity (telephone, online ...);
  3. Special regime of work of health care institutions during the next period, which will enable adequate functioning of the health care system, especially institutions at the secondary and tertiary level of health care.
  4. Health care users to delay review, which they can delay, while these measures are lasting.
  5. Market entities are warned not to abuse the current situation for making extra profits, especially on the occasion of marketing and selling basic food products, personal hygiene products, maintaining room hygiene, medicines and medical devices. Competent inspections, and in particular market inspections are advised to strengthen inspections on the implementation of this measure.

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