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What's the government response timeline for Bosnia and Herzegovina?

COVID-19 government response timeline for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Find out what policies Bosnia and Herzegovina has implemented to combat the pandemic.
Jan 31st, 2020Jan 31
Level 2 of 2
H1: Public information campaigns - coordinated public information campaign (eg across traditional and social media)Details
Ministry of Health has a public information site, with the first report published on January 31st. https://covid19.fmoh.gov.ba/
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Feb 25th, 2020Feb 25
Level 2 of 3
H2: Testing policy - testing of anyone showing Covid-19 symptomsDetails
'Three Chinese citizens were admitted to the Sarajevo University Medical Centre and are being tested for the coronavirus, the head of the Centre, Sebija Izetbegovic, said at a press conference on Tuesday [25th February]'. https://balkaneu.com/several-suspicious-but-not-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-bih/
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Mar 1st, 2020Mar 01
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
The Federation of BiH will cover minimal salary contributions to all employees in the real sector (from March until one month after the end of the state of emergency) https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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Mar 1st, 2020Mar 01
Level 1 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contractDetails
in the Republika Srpska, in addition to the full salary contributions (March) and minimal salary contributions (April for now), the taxes will also be covered by the government for those subjects who are the most affected by the crisis (merchants, caterers, small entrepreneurs). The Council of Ministers introduced a tax exemption on equipment and resources (e.g. protection medical gear, respirators) granted by both domestic and international entities for the needs of prevention, containing and termination of the epidemics caused by COVID-19. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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Mar 5th, 2020Mar 05
Level 2 of 3
H2: Testing policy - testing of anyone showing Covid-19 symptomsDetails
'The health minister of Bosnia’s Serb-led entity has confirmed the first two coronavirus cases in the country – one for a man who works in Italy and the other for his child. Both tested positive for Covid-19 virus, the Republika Srpska Health Minister Alen Seranic said in Banja Luka on Thursday. The minister said the man was hospitalized at the University Clinic in Banja Luka after he reported himself to the hospital with symptoms of the disease.' https://balkaninsight.com/2020/03/05/bosnia-confirms-two-coronavirus-cases-expects-more/
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Mar 10th, 2020Mar 10
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
The Federation issued instruction recommending that all public events are either cancelled or postponed, to prevent a potential virus spread. http://ba.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a415291/Bosnia-bans-entry-for-foreigners-from-countries-severely-affected-by-COVID-19.html
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Mar 10th, 2020Mar 10
Level 2 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 101-1000 peopleDetails
Sarajevo restricts public gatherings to no more than 300 people http://archive.fo/wip/4aMja
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Mar 10th, 2020Mar 10
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Mar 11th, 2020Mar 11
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Closure of all schools by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina https://www.euractiv.com/section/coronavirus/short_news/update-bih-covid-19/
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Mar 16th, 2020Mar 16
Level 1 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - recommend not to travel between regions/citiesDetails
Companies are adviced to promote working from home, adapt stricter hygiene practises, cancel travels and meetings, allow parents of children below 10 time off-work, reorganize work https://data.humdata.org/dataset/acaps-covid19-government-measures-dataset
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Mar 17th, 2020Mar 17
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Mar 17th, 2020Mar 17
Level 3 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for all-but-essential workplaces (eg grocery stores, doctors)Details
Employers are obliged: to enable remote work or all employees whose work can be done from home; a separate decision on remote work has to be issued to each employee; all employees working from home must be recorded; where remote work is not possible, work should be, if possible, organized in shifts, and employer must provide protective equipment; enable business meetings to be held electronically (video link, video call, etc); postpone official travel in the country and abroad; Source: https://bdkadvokati.com/covid-19-update-serbia-montenegro-bosnia-and-herzegovina-2/
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Mar 17th, 2020Mar 17
Level 2 of 2
C5: Close public transport - require closing (or prohibit most citizens from using it)Details
Night public transport is banned, daily public transport reduced - targeted refers to 'curtailment of specifically targeted public transport' as opposed to regional targeting. Source: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f2e594b3-0ca3-45ec-a9dc-30c5feec54ff
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Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
The federal government cancelled all public events. https://covid-19.ba/files/4adacf8134574d1d61c7aae965f4b0bb.pdf
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Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 4 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or lessDetails
Mar 20th, 2020Mar 20
Level 3 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)Details
Under 18 and over 65 yrs banned from movement within BIH https://archive.vn/wip/nF8Nh
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Mar 20th, 2020Mar 20
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Under 18 and over 65 yrs banned from movement within BIH https://archive.vn/wip/nF8Nh
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Mar 21st, 2020Mar 21
Level 2 of 2
C5: Close public transport - require closing (or prohibit most citizens from using it)Details
Public transport banned in certain areas of the country. https://bdkadvokati.com/covid-19-update-6-serbia-montenegro-bosnia-and-herzegovina/
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Mar 22nd, 2020Mar 22
Level 3 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)Details
Those under the age of 18, and over 65 yrs are banned from movement within BIH, and a curfew was imposed for all residents of BIH from March 22 on wards https://archive.vn/wip/EPHjs
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Mar 22nd, 2020Mar 22
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Those under the age of 18, and over 65 yrs are banned from movement within BIH, and a curfew was imposed for all residents of BIH from March 22 onwards https://archive.vn/wip/EPHjs
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Mar 24th, 2020Mar 24
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
As of March 24, 2020, foreign nationals are no longer able to enter BiH unless they are residents of BiH. BiH citizens who return may face quarantine or self-isolation. https://ba.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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Mar 30th, 2020Mar 30
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Mar 30th, 2020Mar 30
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Sarajevo airport will close to all passenger traffic at 0600 on March 30, 2020. Other airports in the country are already closed. https://ba.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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Apr 10th, 2020Apr 10
Level 2 of 2
C5: Close public transport - require closing (or prohibit most citizens from using it)Details
Apr 14th, 2020Apr 14
Level 2 of 3
H2: Testing policy - testing of anyone showing Covid-19 symptomsDetails
According to guidelines of Ministry of Health , people having serious symptoms can consult doctor and tested https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-07/epidemiologists-covid-19-death-raises-concern-in-bosnia
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Apr 17th, 2020Apr 17
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
Cancellation of all public events extended until at least 30 April. https://covid-19.ba/files/9c92136145cd3b362475b869b1322852.pdf
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Apr 24th, 2020Apr 24
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
The curfew has been lifted, and Those over 65yr are now allowed out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 900-1300hr, while Under 18s are allowed out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1400-2000hrs. https://www.worldaware.com/covid-19-alert-bosnia-and-herzegovina-eases-restrictions-lifts-curfew-april-24 https://archive.vn/wip/C73dR
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Apr 24th, 2020Apr 24
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
The curfew has been lifted, and Those over 65yr are now allowed out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 900-1300hr, while Under 18s are allowed out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1400-2000hrs. https://www.worldaware.com/covid-19-alert-bosnia-and-herzegovina-eases-restrictions-lifts-curfew-april-24 https://archive.vn/wip/C73dR
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Apr 27th, 2020Apr 27
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
Changes in the work hours were introduced to protect the medical staff, e.g. the shifts are fewer and longer, with smaller number of personnel working at the same time. Medical staff in the RS will receive an April salary increased by a compensation of BAM 1 000 (around EUR 500). https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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Apr 27th, 2020Apr 27
Level 1 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contractDetails
The Council of Ministers introduced a tax exemption on equipment and resources (e.g. protection medical gear, respirators) granted by both domestic and international entities for the needs of prevention, containing and termination of the epidemics caused by COVID-19. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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Apr 28th, 2020Apr 28
Level 1 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contractDetails
Banking Agencies have announced a six-month loan repayment moratorium for restructuring credit arrangements for individuals and legal entities which are found to have aggravated circumstances for loans repayments due to COVID-19. Banking Agencies have instructed banks to track clients and exposure portfolios affected by COVID-19. ? Banks are also instructed to consider additional customer relief, including reviewing current fees for services and avoiding charging fees to handle exposure modifications. All banks were ordered not to pay dividends or bonuses. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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Apr 30th, 2020Apr 30
Level 1 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contractDetails
Support to private sector activity and employment: Businesses in FBiH are entitled to subsidies in the amount of BAM 245 (~EUR 120) per month, per employee. The obligation to make advanced payments on corporate income tax for businesses and self-employers is abolished. Lease amounts are decreased by 50% for business premises managed by the FBiH Office of Joint Affairs. Corporate income tax liabilities in RS are postponed until 30 June. All borrowers from the Investment and Development Bank of RS are granted three month repayment moratorium. Deadlines for filing tax returns and salary specifications have been extended to 30 April 2020 in both entities. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 1st, 2020May 01
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
Public events remain cancelled https://ba.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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May 1st, 2020May 01
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Curfew reinstated in most of the country form 1 until 4 May + The Republika Srpska Crisis HQ has regularly instituted bans on civilian travel between towns on the weekends. https://ba.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Schools still closed http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 3 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for all-but-essential workplaces (eg grocery stores, doctors)Details
http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU Still reccommend all who can work from home to do so.
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
All public events still cancelled and banned. http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 4 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or lessDetails
Restriction on outdoor gatherings to no more than 3 people http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 2 of 2
C5: Close public transport - require closing (or prohibit most citizens from using it)Details
Public transit remains closed, due to re-open on May 11 (unless this is extended). http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
With curfews still in place for U18s and over 65, others are still requested to only conduct necessary/essential business and errands outside of the home http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Srpska remains under curfew from 2200 to 0500 daily http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 5th, 2020May 05
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
The international restrictions remains closed to non BIH residents, with imposed quarantine also. http://archive.fo/wip/3TOHU
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May 11th, 2020May 11
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
According to OECD, there was a gradual reopening of various sectors in the Republika Srpska - cafes, restaurants, kindergartens, hair salons, gyms and private dental clinics private dental clinics http://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 11th, 2020May 11
Level 1 of 2
C5: Close public transport - recommend closing (or significantly reduce volume/route/means of transport available)Details
According to the Xinhuanet website and the OECD, public transport was allowed to resume in Republika Srpska; http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/11/c_139048013.htm http://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 11th, 2020May 11
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
I am unsure as to whether this should be a 3 or 4 - it has been marked as previously but the borders are closed to everyone except nationals until 1st June, so I interpret that as 4 (if that is the case then the previous codes back to at least 1st May should be changed to 4 as well). Information is from the UK government website and Worldaware.com: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bosnia-and-herzegovina https://www.worldaware.com/covid-19-alert-bosnia-and-herzegovina-extends-flight-suspension-nonresident-entry-ban-until-june-1
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May 13th, 2020May 13
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
According to Xinhuanet, restaurants, bars, small shops, business and trades have been reopened in Federation of BiH (FBiH). http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/14/c_139054432.htm
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May 14th, 2020May 14
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
According to the OECD, FBiH decided to abolish the curfew and allow movement of all citizens. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf There is still curfew in the Republika Srpska
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May 15th, 2020May 15
Level 0 of 2
C5: Close public transport - no measuresDetails
According to OECD, in the FBiH the public transportation became operational again, meaning that public transport is now running across the whole country. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 15th, 2020May 15
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
According to the US Dept of State Overseas Security Advisory Council webpage and , from today the Republika Srpska maintains its overnight curfew (2200-0500) but has removed. movement restrictions for those over 65. https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/3aa2fd97-8f36-47c5-8441-18b09385bdc3
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May 21st, 2020May 21
Level 0 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - no measuresDetails
According to the N1 news channel, The state of emergency has been revoked in the Republika of Srpska as of today, meaning that curfew has been lifted. Also mentioned on the Government of Republic of Srpska website http://ba.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a435523/Bosnia-Serb-entity-abolishes-state-of-emergency-and-curfew.html http://www.vladars.net/eng/vlada/prime_minister/media/news/Pages/Press-release-following-the-38th-session-of-the-HQ-for-Emergency-Situation-.aspx
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
OECD: "School closures: Schools and universities have been closed. Kindergartens have reopened in the RS on 11 May and on 18 May for the majority of cantons in the FBiH. Schools remain closed until the end of the school year in both entities." https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
"o On 29 April, the FBiH announced that from 1 to 30 May, the wholesale and retail stores as well as small craft shops will be reopened provided that they operate outside of shopping centers. On 28 May, the FBiH reopened all shopping centers. In the RS, the Government introduced similar measures on 27 April, although the shops worked with reduced working hours. These measures also comprised the stores that are part of the shopping centers, green (from 7 AM to 3 PM) and cattle markets (from 6 AM to 1 PM). With the abolishment of the State of Emergency, working hours returned to normal. Wearing masks and social distancing (a minimum of 2 metres) are mandatory in all public places for both entities. o On 11 May, the RS reopened cafes, restaurants, kindergartens, hair salons, gyms and private dental clinics. The FBiH introduced similar measures on 13 May. " https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
US Embassy: "K-12 educational institutions are still closed, public events remain cancelled, and spots for public gatherings face limitations on total number of people present."
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 3 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 peopleDetails
" Public gatherings of more than 50 persons are still banned in the RS. On 14 May, the FBiH allowed indoor public gatherings provided that 10m2 per person was ensured and all the hygienic measures were respected" https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 0 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - no measuresDetails
"However, on 24 April, the FBiH decided to abolish the curfew and a couple of weeks later (on 14 May) allowed movement of all citizens. RS lifted the curfew on 22 May and allowed everybody to move freely. " https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 1 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - recommend not to travel between regions/citiesDetails
I believe that C7 has been interpreted wrong by previous coders. This is meant to "Record restrictions on internal movement between cities/regions" I could not find any restriction of movement between RS and FBIH, but at the same time, there appears no public transportation running between the two entities. https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 1 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contractDetails
May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 2 of 2
H1: Public information campaigns - coordinated public information campaign (eg across traditional and social media)Details
Jun 1st, 2020Jun 01
Level 0 of 4
C8: International travel controls - no restrictionsDetails
According to Sarajevo Times 1st June ,2020, "Bosnia and Herzegovina will open its borders to citizens of neighboring Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia from June 1st. This was announced at press conference by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH, Zoran TegeltijaOn the same day, outgoing flights to Antalya, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait are planned, and from the next day to Doha, Muscat, Budapest, Belgrade t was agreed that passengers at the airport will be obliged to respect the physical distance and wear gloves, as well as properly dispose of waste and disinfect their hands. Control staff will also be deployed at critical airport locations. Link http://www.sarajevotimes.com/bosnia-and-herzegovina-opens-borders-to-neighbouring-countries/
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Jun 13th, 2020Jun 13
Level 2 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 101-1000 peopleDetails
Indoor gatherings of up to 100 and outdoor gatherings and outdoor gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed. Note:Outdoor gathering limit is 300 so put range of 100-1000 .In review it is found correct then policy starts from 1st June. LinK https://www.worldaware.com/covid-19-alert-bosnia-and-herzegovina-reopen-airports-land-border-crossings-june-1
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Jun 13th, 2020Jun 13
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
No new policy identified.So previous policy is assumed to be continued.
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Jun 13th, 2020Jun 13
Level 1 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contractDetails
No new policy identified.So previous policy is assumed to be continued.
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
No new policy identified during this period.
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Jun 24th, 2020Jun 24
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Schools and universities have been closed. Kindergartens have reopened in the RS on 11 May and on 18 May for the majority of cantons in the FBiH. Schools remain closeduntil the end of the school year in both entities. On 12 June, the RS marked the end of a successful school year. Link: https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.pdf
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