Filter for Montenegro Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Through the third package of short-term measures, the Ministry of Economy will start with the salary subsidies from 1 August. EUR 18 million are planned by the end of the year. In the next three months, subsidies will be awarded for employee salaries in the amount of 50-100% of the minimum gross salary
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2020-07-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
extended the application of measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus in Podgorica for another week.
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2020-07-07 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
National Coordination Body: Epidemic declared in several municipalities of Northern region: Bijelo Polje, Berane, Petnjica, Rožaje and Gusinje.
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2020-07-07 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
UK, UAE, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus on the "green list": The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases has decided, at the suggestion of the Public Health Institute, to allow British residents to enter Montenegro without any additional conditions, i.e. to include the United Kingdom on the "green list" of countries which includes, among others, EU Member States.
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2020-07-06 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
It was decided that due to the high epidemiological risk, the educational work in public and private institutions which perform preschool education, will be re-suspended.
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2020-07-06 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The working hours of all catering facilities - restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants and similar catering facilities, as well as catering facilities on bathing areas and beaches - throughout Montenegro are restricted up to 24 hours. The measure will be applied in the next week, after which, based on the analysis of the effect of the measure and the epidemiological situation, it will be decided whether the application of measure will be extended.
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2020-07-06 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The National Coordination Body, at the suggestion of the Police Administration, decided that expired residence permits for foreigners in Montenegro are considered as valid until 30 September 2020, if the person to whom the permit applies meets all other legally prescribed conditions.
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2020-07-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Parents of preschool children are entitled to paid absence from work
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2020-07-02 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Podgorica, Montenegro (2 July 2020) -- The Law amending the Law on Protection of Population against Communicable Diseases, which prescribes severe misdemeanor fines for non-compliance with measures to protect against the spread of coronavirus, came into force. Fines EUR 2.000 – 20.000 for a legal entity and EUR 200 – 2.000 for a responsible person in a legal entity, and EUR 350 – 6.000 for an entrepreneur if: a) Do not ensure compliance with keeping the distance; b) Do not provide employees with the prescribed personal protective equipment - masks, etc. c) Allow a person without a protective mask to enter retail outlets, catering, tourism and etc. facilities, casinos, craft workshops, construction sites, means of public transport and transportation of employees, state administration bodies and local self-government, etc. d) Does not disinfect the facility or means of public transport or transport of employees. In addition to the penalty for a misdemeanor, a legal entity and an entrepreneur may be imposed a protective measure, prohibiting the performance of activities for up to six months. Fines EUR 500 – 2.000 for a responsible natural person in a state body, administrative body, local government and local self-government, if: a) Do not ensure compliance with keeping the distance; b) Do not provide employees with the prescribed personal protective equipment, masks, etc; c) Do not provide disinfection of the facility. Fines EUR 100 – 2.000 for each individual if: a) Does not adhere to physical distance b) Do not use a mask and other prescribed protective equipment c) Without a protective mask enters the retail outlet, catering, tourism or other facility, casino, craft shop, construction site, means of public transport and transportation of employees, state administration body and local self-government, etc.
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2020-06-30 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
It was decided to tighten controls on compliance with the prescribed measures, and especially the self-isolation measures. Self-isolation must be carried out under the strict supervision of the competent authorities responsible for compliance with the measure, it was concluded at the session.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
In the municipality of Rožaje, a temporary measure of closing all catering facilities is being introduced, due to the high epidemiological risk and the increase in the number of active cases. will be reassessed after 7 days
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2020-06-30 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Public and passenger traffic from the municipality of Rožaje and to the municipality of Rožaje is prohibited, except for emergencies and regular working activities. These provisional measures will be applied for seven days from the day of their adoption, when the effects of the measure will be analyzed. Depending on the results of the analysis, it will be decided whether the application of the measure will be extended.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
A temporary measure of banning nightclubs and discos from work, has also been introduced. The measures will be applied for seven days, after which a decision will be made on the basis of the analysis of the effect of the measures, on whether the measures will continue to be applied or whether their application will cease.
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2020-06-30 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
(30 June 2020) – The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, decided to open borders for entry of residents of the EU member states without additional conditions and agreed on temporary measures for the entire territory of Montenegro, and especially the Municipality of Rožaje - whose aim is to further prevent and suppress the spread of coronavirus. The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases will decide subsequently on the opening policy towards other countries. When deciding, all relevant epidemiological parameters in each country such as the number of active cases of infection, the trend and prevalence of active cases, and the overall response of each country to COVID-19, including available information on testing, monitoring, contacts monitoring, treatment, reporting, as well as the reliability of information, will be taken into account.
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2020-06-30 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
(30 June 2020) – The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, decided Montenegro should allow the entry of EU residents, without additional conditions.
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2020-06-30 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Due to the extremely high epidemiological risk posed by certain gatherings- arranging of private gatherings - wedding ceremonies, graduation and birthday celebrations, etc. will be banned from 30.6.2020.
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2020-06-25 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A curfew has been placed on the municipality of Rozaje between 18:00 and 05:00 (local time) as of Friday, June 26
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2020-06-25 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
On Thursday, June 25, Montenegrin authorities reintroduced a number of restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to a rise in the number of confirmed cases. The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, which is leading the COVID-19 response, has prohibited all political rallies in public places and the presence of spectators at sports events. Religious gatherings in public places, except in areas belonging to religious buildings, are also prohibited. A number of upcoming cultural events have been postponed, including Statehood Day on July 13.
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2020-06-25 In Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
Only immediate family are permitted to attend funerals
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2020-06-20 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
in Rozaje on Saturday, June 20. All public gatherings of more than two people have been banned
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2020-06-20 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Vuca-Godovo border crossing with Serbia has been closed until further notice, with additional security forces deployed to the border to enforce the closure.
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Montenegrin Airlines has announced that commercial flights will resume with limited destinations on or about 15 June.
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Montenegrin Airlines has announced that commercial flights will resume with limited destinations on or about 15 June.
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2020-06-05 Out Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, at today’s session, chaired by President Milutin Simovic, decided, at the suggestion of the Public Health Institute, to stop applying the measure that required the wearing of protective masks.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Montenegro’s borders will reopen from Monday, June 1, but only for countries that meet certain criteria. Specifically, countries with fewer than 25 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents will be eligible to visit Montenegro.
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2020-06-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Submission of requests for subsidies for May begins, EUR 16.3 million disbursed so far
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Sporting events should resume from 1 June - without spectators.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
From 1 June, inter-city traffic will be allowed.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
1 June, Montenegro will open all road border crossings to neighbouring countries that were closed as part of measures against the spread of coronavirus.
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2020-05-20 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
As of 20 May, Montenegro reopened the Podgorica (LYPDG) and Tivat (LYTV) airports to private and business flights Until further notice
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2020-05-19 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
(19 May 2020) amend the order on suspension of public passenger transport in international air traffic and the ban on the entry of foreigners into Montenegro, by excluding from the order the non-commercial air transport (passenger transport for their own needs), which will be carried out along with the application of temporary measures: 1) The aircraft used for non-commercial air traffic may have a capacity of up to 10 seats; 2) Crew and passengers are obliged to wear protective masks when getting off the aircraft and during their stay at the airport; 3) When entering Montenegro, passengers and crew must have a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours; 4) After entering Montenegro, health surveillance measures are applied to passengers, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro; 5) For the arrival / departure of passengers from the passenger terminal to the accommodation, it is necessary to organise special transport, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute; 6) While staying in a hotel or other accommodation, passengers are obliged to apply the recommendations of the Institute for Public Health.
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2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
cafes, restaurants, bars and malls will be able to reopen.
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2020-05-11 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Starting 11 May travel with personal vehicles and with public transport will be allowed in selected provinces: (Central region) Cetinje, Danilovgrad, Niksic, Pluzine, Podgorica, Savnik and Tuzi. (Coastal region) Bar, Budva, Cetinje, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat and Ulcinj. (Northern region) Andrijevica, Berane, BIjelo, Gusinje, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Petnica, Plav, Pljevlja, Polje, Rožaje and Žabljak.
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2020-05-11 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
From 11 May internal maritime travel will also be allowed and religious rites will be possible
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2020-05-07 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Montenegro Airlines has suspended all flights until 14 June following a government halt, except for flights from Podgorica and Tivat to Belgrade, which will resume as soon as the airports and borders of Montenegro reopen. All international bus and railway services have also been suspended until 1 June. There is also an entry ban for cruisers and yachts to ports: Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor Port – Portonovi, Tivat (Gat I and Gat II) and Zelenika.
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2020-05-07 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Montenegrin authorities have banned entry for foreigners - except for those with temporary or permanent residence and cargo drivers - and imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travellers entering from abroad. People who have been put into self-isolation for 14 days by the Sector for Health and Sanitary Inspection must now serve an additional 14-day quarantine.
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2020-05-04 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Taxi transport; Local public urban transport in local self-government units where the Public Health Institute has not registered cases of novel coronavirus; and Departure of citizens to houses/cottages and family farms in other local self-government units.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Work of shops (textiles, footwear, technical consumer goods, construction material, craft workshops, services, haird and beauty salons, gyms and fitness centers, bookstores, dental offices, driving schools, rent-a-car services, museums and galleries, etc.).
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Masks are required to be worn in all enclosed public spaces (e.g. shops, banks, etc.), starting May 4
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2020-05-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
As of 4 May and until 18 May, gatherings of citizens in indoor and outdoor public places (public gatherings, public events, sports, political, religious, cultural and artistic, and private gatherings, ceremonies and events in line with the law) are prohibited. Bans on presence and loitering of persons on beaches and more than one person in public places continue. Prohibition of sports and recreational activities in all public areas remains, except for individual recreational physical activities, while staying at least 2 meters apart. Gatherings in household facilities are prohibited for persons who are not members of the shared household.
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2020-05-04 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
As of 4 May the ban on leaving the household facility is effective every day from 23:00 until 5:00 the next day until 18 May
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
after repoening of select services some measures are introduced to increase sanitazion and protection. ie. Organise work in such a way that only one person can be in the facility (on 10 m˛) at a time; Provide hand sanitizers to customers when entering/leaving the facility; Employees and players in these facilities are required to wear protective masks and respect the social distance of at least 2 m; Customers in fitness centers and gyms are obliged to disinfect with adequate disinfectant the surface and device when changing the exercise device, as well as to respect other measures, in accordance with the instruction of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro; etc.
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2020-05-04 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
As of 4 May and until further notice, civil servants and state employees employed by state authorities, state administration authorities, administrative authorities, and officials as well as state employees employed by local self-government authorities are prohibited from traveling abroad. Civil servants and state employees may make exceptional trips abroad, when traveling is of national interest, with prior consent obtained from the head of authority.
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2020-05-02 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extended until at least 18 may
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2020-05-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
over EUR 4 million have been paid in advance to companies engaged in already launched capital projects, mainly in the Northern Region, in order to ensure the liquidity of those companies and maintain continuity of work during the coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Finance has approved, until 30 April, advances for 18 companies, with which the Public Works Administration has signed contracts on implementation of 32 projects.
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2020-04-28 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extended until May 15 after government halt. All international bus and railway services have also been suspended. There is also an entry ban for cruisers and yachts to ports: Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor Port – Portonovi, Tivat (Gat I and Gat II) and Zelenika.
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2020-04-25 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
On 25 April 2020, the National Coordination Body announced the plan to mitigate measures in four phases (the first phase covering the lockdown measures), if the epidemiological situation improves and measures are respected
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2020-04-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
On 24 April 2020, the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced a support package of EUR 17 million to support agriculture and fisheries. The government foresees allocating EUR 3 million for the repurchase and storage of surplus agricultural products, as well as the assistance of their placement or transfer to public institutions.
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2020-04-22 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
lifting of lock-down measures in the municipality of Tuzi, from April 22
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Amendments to funeral and burial regulations
funerals only within family
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2020-04-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The government has announced several measures, including the delay of tax payments and contributions to earning; the creations of a new Investment Development Fund (IRF) credit line to improve liquidity of entrepreneurs; the deferral of lease payments for state-owned real estate; and advance payments to contractors for capital projects. The government will also offer one-off financial assistance to low-income pensioners and social welfare beneficiaries in the amount of EUR 50 (EUR 1 million has been allocated for this). On 9 April, the government announced a package of measures, including subsidies in April and May of 70% of the minimum wage for employees in sectors that are closed because of the pandemic, employees who are unable to work due to childcare for children aged under 11, or people who have to be self-isolated and quarantined; and a subsidy of 50% of the minimum wage for employees in sectors at risk due to the pandemic-related lockdown. The government will also subsidize 70% of the gross minimum wage of newly employed workers in SMEs for six months if these workers are registered as unemployed. A shortening of VAT refund deadlines in the area of taxes and customs was implemented. Preliminary estimates from the Ministry of Finance expect the fiscal deficit to rise to more than 7% of the GDP and public debt to increase by an additional 2.6 percentage points (pps.) to 82% of the GDP in 2020
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2020-03-31 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Validity of expired driver’s licenses is automatically extended if the driver possesses a valid insurance policy and proof of valid vehicle technical inspection. Extension of the validity of expired permanent and temporary residence permits
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2020-03-30 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
valid for 15days: ban on leaving the housing facility for citizens, from Monday to Friday, from 7pm to 5am the following day, and Saturday from 1pm to 5am on Monday. Exceptionally, for the duration of this ban, persons who take their pets out for a walk may stay in the public place for up to 60 minutes. This prohibition does not apply to persons who carry out regular tasks and provide services of public interest, and are an indispensable condition of life and work of citizens (health, inspection bodies, police, military, fire services, utilities, media - including persons coming to media shows, agricultural activities on farms, etc.), as evidenced by a certificate issued by the employer
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2020-03-30 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
valid for 15days: ban on being outdoor in an open public place, from 5am to 7pm hours for children under the 12 years of age, without the presence of one parent, guardian, adoptive parent, breadwinner or other adult member of the family household, with the obligation to observe the prescribed distance measure from other persons for at least two meters
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2020-03-30 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
valid for 15days: prohibition of gathering in the facilities of accommodation for persons who are not members of the common family household.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
90-day moratorium on loan/financial leasing repayments upon request of the borrower. Prohibition on the banks to pay dividends to shareholders, except in the form of treasury shares. The measure applies until revoked. Banks allowed to increase exposures to a single entity or a group of related entities beyond the statutory limits of 25% of the bank’s own funds, with the Central Bank’s prior approval. The Investment-Development Fund offers working capital loans to companies in the sector of medical supplies, tourism and hospitality, and food processing, up to EUR 3 million per borrower. Moratorium on rent payments to the state as lessor. State will make advance payments on capital investment projects against bank guarantee. Ministry of Culture earmarked EUR 500,000 for cultural workers (musicians, actors, freelancers as well as companies in the film industry); funds to be granted on public tender. Extension of the deadline for submission of financial statements and tax returns until 15 April 2020.Extension of the deadline for submission of income tax returns for natural persons until 15 May 2020.
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Crisis medical staff formed
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2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
he Investment and Development Fund (IRF) has decided on a new line of credit intended to support liquidity of businesses. The loan amount can be up to EUR 3 million, the grace period is up to 2 years, and the interest rate on EIB funds is 1.5 percent, while interest on funds from other sources will be 2 percent.
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2020-03-25 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Montenegro Airlines has suspended all flights until 1 April following government halt. All international bus and railway services have also been suspended. There is also an entry ban for cruisers and yachts to ports: Bar, Budva, Kotor, Kumbor Port – Portonovi, Tivat (Gat I and Gat II) and Zelenika, until 2 April.
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2020-03-20 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Ban on intercity transport by private vehicles except for transport of goods, employees working outside their place of residence and people returning to their place of residence until 25 April 2020.
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2020-03-20 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Commercial Court of Montenegro postponed all hearings until 24 April 2020. Judges of the Higher Courts to decide which non-urgent hearings will be held. Other courts postponed hearings until further notice, except in employment, family law cases and cases where accused is in detention.
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2020-03-20 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
max 2persons in private vehicle
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
fined and/or arrested, and sentenced to up to a year in prison. army ensures quarantine and self-isolation measures are respected.
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2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Enforcement of self-isolation orders for people recently returned from aboard and their family members.
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All non-essentials and public transportation. essential places - no more tahn 50 ppl with 2m distance. No more than 10+ ppl gatherings. no more than 2 persons in vehicles.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
 closure of shops, except food shops and pharmacies; closure of bars and restaurants; and no hotel services allowed, except to guests who are already checked in
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All educational institutions and kindergartens for at least 15 days
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
compulsory 14 day self-isolation period for all those coming from abroad
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Forbidding entry to all foreigners except those with permanent or temporary residence permit in Montenegro and foreigners driving freight vehicles
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2020-02-04 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
the National Coordination Body agrees to ease restrictions on movement on weekends and gave consent to the Ministry of Health to immediately issue an Order amending the order to allow movement of citizens until 1:00 pm on Sunday with strict adherence to all other measures. The new order prohibits movement from Monday to Friday from 7 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm until 5 am the next day.
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