Limited working hours of venues in Serbia

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Just a few days ago, we informed you about the recent anti-epidemic measures which are in force in Serbia. Some of them include limited working hours in different places. Unfortunately, the situation is not improving. Hence, the government had to bring stricter measures for everyone’s safety.

The following measures will apply from today until December 15th. Then, the Crisis Team will decide about the next steps and inform the citizens.

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New anti-epidemic measures – limited working hours

Most businesses will not be working for the weekend. They are able to work from Monday until Friday, from 05:00 to 17:00. This rule applies to the following places:

  • Cafes, restaurants, clubs, and similar venues
  • Shopping malls, boutiques, other entertainment venues (including the ones for children)
  • Cosmetic salons, spas, and hairdressers
  • Sport and recreation venues (gyms, swimming pools, sports halls)

Places that will be closing at 17:00 but will be working on weekends are theatres, cinemas, and galleries.

The following business can work every day (including weekends) until 21:00:

  • Grocery stores and hypermarkets
  • Kiosks
  • Other venues which offer “window service”, i.e. customers are not getting inside the object

Open-air markets can work every day (Monday to Sunday) from 06:00 until 15:00.

Certain places can operate as usual, without any limitations in working hours:

  • Food delivery services
  • Pharmacies and laboratories
  • Gas stations (after 21:00 they can sell only fuel and no other items such as candies, refreshments, newspapers, etc)

Limited working hours also do not apply to medical and health care institutions. They can operate as usual (including night and weekends).

Certain exceptions apply to hotels, which can have their bars opened for their registered guests only. Such bars must close by 21:00 (regardless of the weekday).

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Other measures

Employers are encouraged to close the offices and allow work from home if possible. Schools and universities are implementing online classes. Due to the reduced movement of people around the city, public transportation will be reduced, especially after 17:00 and on less crowded lines. Masks remain obligatory indoors (and strongly recommended outdoors).

Cross-border traveling

At the moment, Serbia allows free entry to all visitors, without PCR testing or isolation requirement. However, there is a possibility that due to the increased number of travelers during the holidays, certain restrictions will have to be introduced. The measures might depend on your place of origin, travel history, intended length of stay, and citizenship. As always, we will keep you posted and announce as soon as we hear any news. You can get informed further on the official page of the Serbian Government.

We kindly ask you to follow all the measures. Be tolerant of limited working hours, and plan your activities accordingly. The measures aim to protect everyone’s health and lives and to decrease the growing pressure on hospitals. Only together, we can fight against COVID. We are looking forward to the improvement of the situation, and we will happily be your hosts in Belgrade. We hope that in the recent future, we will all resume our regular activities. Until then, take care and stay safe!

Truly yours,

More Than Belgrade team

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