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Gradual reopening in Budapest

In the last few days, several cultural institutions in Budapest have reopened their doors to visitors. On the 1st of May, the Budapest Zoo reopened for visitors, and from the Budapest thermal baths, the Széchenyi, Gellért, Rudas, Lukács, Paskál and Csillaghegy Árpád Thermal Baths have reopened their doors during the first phase. This weekend the thermal baths of Budapest received 2000 visitors. The Palatinus and the Pesterzsébet baths are planning a reopening on Pentecost. The Dandár Thermal Bath, the Roman beach and the Pünkösdfürdő Bath will receive visitors from the beginning of June. The cinemas of Budapest have also reopened, the Corvin, Művész, and Puskin cinemas have received the most visitors during the last few days and on the weekend, said Erzsébet Gy. Németh in a press conference on Thursday.

The Metropolitan Ervin Szabó library reopened on the 5th of May at midday, but it maintained the swap point service for those who still don’t have an immunity certificate. On the first day, Budapesters have borrowed more than 9500 books. The Budapest City Archives is also receiving researchers and anyone interested, added the Deputy Mayor.

The majority of the stone theatres is following a gradual reopening process, the open-air theatres are awaiting theatre-loving people from June. The Varosmajor Open-Air Theatre opens on the 2nd of June, and the Margitsziget Open-Air Theatre on the 3rd of June.

From the museums, the first one to open will be the Open-Air Aquincum Museum on the second weekend of May, but gradually the galleries and exhibition spaces of Budapest will also reopen. According to Erzsébet Gy. Németh, the Municipality of Budapest will also launch a series of events called „City Hall nights”, providing outdoor venue spaces to associations of Budapest and different productions during the summer.

According to the Deputy Mayor responsible for Human Affairs, with regards to the reopening, it can be said that Budapesters have prepared themselves very consciously. They arrive to the cultural venues carefully and complying fully with the pandemic rules. In cinemas, it’s possible to maintain social distancing in the auditorium, but fanatical cinema lovers have already occupied their habitual seats. There wasn’t any balk during the admittance process, despite the fact that the examination of immunity certificates is placing a great burden on every institution.

Erzsébet Gy. Németh encouraged every citizen of Budapest and anyone from the country arriving to the capital to go out, visit their favourite places, but they should keep in mind that the third wave of the pandemic is only just retreating, therefore it’s important for people to follow the rules of compulsory mask-wearing and social distancing. The Municipality asks the visitors of the cultural institutions to wear a mask during the indoor cultural events for their own safety. „We know that people above 18 who already have immunity can still be carriers, and we also know that the third wave of the pandemic endangers our children as well, and there are many people who cannot get vaccinated due to health problems. Let’s take care of each other, take care of yourselves” concluded the Deputy Mayor also responsible for culture.

Municipality of Budapest

Press Relations Office