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End of alert state: changes and applicable recommendations

THE MOST IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS FOLLOWING THE TERMINATION OF THE STATE OF ALERT:

As a result of the termination of the state of alert, certain measures expressly implemented during the state of alert by various normative acts[1] were implicitly terminated, respectively:

the obligation to wear protective masks;

restricting or prohibiting the organization and conduct of rallies, demonstrations, processions, concerts or other types of gatherings;

restrictions regarding operating, access, schedule and capacity for restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, shopping malls, grocery and non-food stores, cinemas, performing and concert institutions, open-air festivals, training courses, conferences, gyms and fitness, indoor swimming pools, sports competitions, games and gambling halls, children’s playgrounds, fairs and flea markets, accommodation units, merchants of goods and service providers, institutions and public authorities;

prohibiting the organization of private events (weddings, baptisms, festive meals, etc.);

the obligation to organize work from home or telework for at least 50% of employees, where the specifics of the activity allow or, otherwise, the obligation to organize the work schedule in groups or shifts;

the support of the technical unemployment indemnity by the state;

the possibility of granting days off for parents in case of suspension of the activity of the educational units for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 virus diseases.

Also, during the period following the termination of the state of alert:

employers have the possibility to reduce the working time of employees by up to 80% of the daily, weekly or monthly duration only for a period of up to 3 months from the date of termination of the state of alert (kurzarbeit);

the validity of documents issued by public institutions and authorities, as well as by private entities authorized by law, is maintained for a period of 90 days from the termination of the state of alert;

collective labour agreements and collective bargaining agreements are valid for a period of 90 days from the termination of the state of alert. In this case, the parties have the obligation to initiate collective bargaining within 45 days from the termination of the state of alert.

As a result of the abrogation of the normative acts[2] that regulate them, the following measures/rules have ceased:

the measures for organizing the activity within the educational units/institutions implemented in the context of the state of alert;

the rules for applying the quarantine measure.

The following measures should be maintained as recommendations for protection against COVID-19[3]:

wearing a protective mask in crowded open spaces, in public transport, in closed spaces, as well as in health facilities, kindergartens, schools and universities;

avoiding crowded spaces;

handwashing and use of disinfectants;

public transport and public interest units must be regularly sanitized and disinfected;

people who have disease symptoms should be tested, see a doctor or an assessment centre.

 

[1] Decision no. 171/2022 on the extension of the state of alert on the Romanian territory starting with February 7, 2022, as well as the establishment of the measures applied during it to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 114 of 04.02.2022

Law no. 55/2020 on certain measures to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 396 of 15.05.2020

Government Emergency Ordinance no. 2/2022 on the establishment of social protection measures for employees and other professional categories in the context of prohibition, suspension or limitation of economic activities, determined by the epidemiological situation generated by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as for amending and supplementing regulations, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 61 of 20.01.2022

Government Emergency Ordinance no. 132/2020 on support measures for employees and employers in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as for stimulating employment growth, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 720 from 10.09.2020

Order no. 30/1/2022 on the establishment of the obligation to wear a protective mask, epidemiological triage and mandatory hand disinfection to prevent contamination with SARS-CoV-2 virus during the state of alert, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 25 from 07.01.2022

Emergency Ordinance no. 110/2021 on granting paid days off to parents and other categories of persons in the context of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 945 din 04.10.2021

[2] Order no. 3.343/707/2022 on the abrogation of the Order of the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health, interim, no. 5.338/2.015/2021 for the approval of the measures for organizing the activity within the educational units/institutions in epidemiological safety conditions for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2 virus diseases, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 230 from 08.03.2022

Decision no. 16/2022 for the abrogation of the Decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations no. 6/2022 on the procedure for approving the rules for applying the quarantine measure on persons, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 230 from 08.03.2022

[3] Masuri-autotprotectie-8-martie-2022.pdf (ms.ro)

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