A photo that became popular on social media shows Orban in his office sitting around a table with several other cabinet members, smoking a cigarette while none of them wore masks. Their masks were thrown on the table.
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In a statement, Orban admitted to violating the rules, saying some cabinet members gathered in his office after a long working day on May 25, his 57th birthday, Reuters reported.
This picture of #Romania‘s PM Ludovic Orban and several cabinet members drinking and smoking inside the gov HQ during the pandemic did not go well on social media
“The prime minister knows that the rules must be followed by all citizens, regardless of their position. If the law is violated, sanctions must be imposed,” the agency was quoted as saying.
After 60 days of strict locking during a state of emergency that expired on May 15, Orbán’s government ordered a 30-day warning when masks became mandatory on public transport and in enclosed public spaces. Indoor smoking has been banned in Romania since 2016.
Restaurants with outdoor seating must open under strict restrictions on Mondays. Romania reported 19,133 cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, 151 more a day and 1,253 deaths.