At an afternoon press conference, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony announced that he had requested a new mask mandate from the government, but received an answer from Interior Minister Sándor Pintér that they were still investigating the situation, writes Népszava.

As a result, the Budapest City Government is not going to require a mask mandate on public transporation in the city, but the mayor recommends that travellers wear one on subways, buses, and trams, and also when in closed spaces.

The Metropolitan Operational Body also decided today not to prohibit nursing home visitations, but are restricting visits out of the homes. Starting on November 2, those living in residences operated by the city of Budapest can only visit family members, and upon their return have to go to an isolation room and receive a negative Covid test to be able enter their rooms again.

In addition, mask mandates will come into effect at two kindergartens in the capital for staff and parents of the children.

By Steven