Government Introduces Changes to Anti-COVID Restrictions

The government adopted at its 99th session on Tuesday several changes to the anti-COVID restrictions that were adopted a week ago and entered into force on Monday. According to the changes, from now on, citizens will have to provide either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a document that they have recovered from COVID-19 infection in the previous 45 days upon entry in any restaurant, bar or café, as well as indoor shopping malls, casinos, betting shops and all other objects where events with great groups of people take place. Besides this, all hospitality businesses with capacity for over 30 people are obliged to employ security guards which will conduct controls about whether the guests have the necessary documents to enter the objects or not, while in those with capacity for less than 30 people, the controls may be conducted by the employees (waiters, bartenders etc.). These changes will officially enter into force on Wednesday 18 August 2021. The government also decided that the obligation for people to provide vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or certificate for recovering from COVID-19 when they enter or leave the country will enter into force on 1 September 2021. Foreigners transiting through the country will be allowed to remain within the borders no longer than 5 hours, while citizens of North Macedonia returning to the country without PCR test of vaccination certificate or certificate for recovery from COVID-19 will have to undergo a 7-day quarantine.