Anti-epidemic measures are being relaxed in Croatia today. The terraces of cafés across the country are to open from today and people will be drinking coffee in the open, seated around a table for the first time in months. There will of course be strict safety measures in force, but this is a break from coffee-to-go and a move welcomed both by café owners and the public.
“You have to realise how important the coffee culture is to Croatians; this isn’t just about drinking a cappuccino but more about being able to socialise at some level again,” commented a citizen of Zagreb.
From today, it is possible to serve guests on open terraces in compliance with the measures. Café bars will be able to open from 6:00am to 10pm and will have to provide a distance of 1.5 metres between each chair and 3 metres between tables. The maximum number of people allowed on the terrace should be displayed at the entrance.
"I believe it will be a plus, and we will see what percentage will be when the first week passes. I believe that not everyone will open the first two days right now, that it will all crystallize by the end of the week and the beginning of next. Roughly speaking, they may be able to come out with a turnover figure of 20 or 30 percent of normal, but we will see,” said the president of the National Association of Caterers, Jelena Tabak.
But whilst the rest of the country is looking forward to sipping macchiato on the terrace in the March sunshine Dubrovnik will still have to wait a little longer. New cases of Covid-19 have been rising drastically in recent weeks throughout the county, with the majority on three regions – Konavle, Dubrovnik and Župa, and this has led to the authorities deciding to keep café bar terraces closed. From Ston to Konavle café bars will remain closed until at least March 14.