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.
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 bolesti, Karađorđeva b. b. 81000, Podgorica, MONTENEGRO, IBAN: ME25510000000011716185.
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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:
- Public transport of passengers (suburban, urban and intercity) by buses and vans is suspended;
- Public transport of passengers by rail in domestic traffic is suspended;
- The crossing of the border crossings Sitnica - Župci (HN - Trebinje road), Meteljka - Metaljka (PV - Čajniče road) and Čemerno (PV - Priboj road) is suspended;
- The operation of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities and swimming pools is prohibited;
- Hair and beauty salons shall be closed;
- The public offices of the Ministry of the Internal and the Real Estate Administration shall be closed.
It is recommended to:
- Refrain from using public areas;
- Follow rigorous hygiene measures, especially of hands;
- Postpone weddings, burials should be held in a narrow family circle;
- The shops to dedicate the first two hours of opening to the elderly and persons with disabilities;
- The state institutions, local self-government and the economy to work closely with the National Coordination Body when communicating with public.
- 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:
- Denmark and
9) Placing under the sanitary supervision of returnees / passengers in international traffic from:
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:
- 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;
- 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 ...);
- 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.
- Health care users to delay review, which they can delay, while these measures are lasting.
- 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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