New regulations on cultural, leisure events to apply from July 17

New regulations on artistic and entertainment events organised in open space, including an increase in the number of participants will apply from July 17, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage announced on Tuesday.

According to the new rules, over 150 people will be allowed to participate in these events, provided that the principles of social distance are observed.

In the case of events held in cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music clubs, sports and entertainment halls, amphitheatres and concert bowls, spectators may take up to 50 percent of the venue's total seats and shall be obliged to cover their noses and mouths.

In open or semi-open stadiums, with sitting and standing seats, similar rules as in the above mentioned cases shall apply, however, the participants will be able to take up to 25 percent of seats.

In the case of outdoor events, the required distance will be one participant per 5 square metres, with special zones designated for the audience and visibly marked boundaries to prevent them mingling with the pedestrians.

The obligation to keep social distance does not apply to: a person who came with a child under 13 years of age, a person accompanying a person with a disability or a person who due to his / her health cannot move independently, as well as people living together.