Café bar terraces across the wider Dubrovnik region, from Konavle to Janjine, will be allowed to reopen to guests from Monday. Nikola Dobrosalvić, the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County announced the news today at a press conference.
Although most of the rest of Croatia reopened café bar and restaurant terraces on April 1 the Dubrovnik-Neretva County decided to keep the terraces closed due to the rising number of new Covid-19 cases. Instead they announced on March 26 that terraces would remain closed until at least April 11, although coffee-to-go was allowed to operate. Today’s announcement means that from Monday April 12 café bars in the vast majority of the county will be allowed to reopen.
Deputy Prefect and Head of the County Headquarters for Civil Protection, Joško Cebalo, said that after the session held this morning, a proposal was sent to the National Headquarters to allow the work of terraces of catering facilities in the wider Dubrovnik area from Janjina to Konavle. For the rest of the county, current measures remain in place. Terraces will be able to work from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
The continued ban on the opening of terraces remains in force for the Neretva Valley, as well as the municipalities of Orebic, Trpanj and local governments on the island of Korcula.
As the original decision stated that terraces were to remain closed due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, and given the fact that numbers haven’t fallen in recent weeks this decision was unexpected. However, at a session of the Civil Protection Headquarters, it was pointed out that the new measures are being adopted in accordance with the current epidemiological situation, where a 9 percent drop in the 7-day cumulative incidence was recorded in the wider Dubrovnik area.
The measures will take effect on Monday, April 12, and last until Sunday, April 25, when they will be reconsidered depending on the epidemiological situation.