Exit provides a list of restrictions in Albania:
- People may leave their homes to visit grocery shops and pharmacies between the hours of 5am -1 pm. Police and army will be monitoring lines in shops to maintain order and social distancing.
- After 1pm, a curfew will be enforced and people are required to remain inside at all times. Failure to comply will result in a fine of 10,000 ALL. This schedule is in place until further notice.
- Other shops that will be open include gas stations, mail services, vets, hotels and freight transport. Shopping centres, bars, restaurants, any shop that doesn’t sell food, spas and wellness centres, and motor shops are closed.
- During the hours of 5am - 1pm, travelling via private vehicles is not allowed unless special permission is obtained. Failure to comply will result in a fine and possible confiscation of driving license.
- Going for walks, socialising in public, congregating in public areas is not allowed and can be punished by a 10,000 ALL fine.
- Walking, hiking, sporting activities or anything not related to purchasing food or medicine, is not allowed during the periods of movement.
- Tirana International Airport is closed until further notice with the exception of the Air Albania flight to and from Istanbul which is still operating at the time of writing.
- All schools and educational institutions are closed until 3 April.
Albania’s borders have been closed since March 16, reports Emerging Europe.
“With some 120,000 people having returned from Italy – like Greece, host to a large Albanian community – prior to the country cutting air and sea links with its neighbour on 9 March, there are mounting fears over the ability of the nation’s health system to cope in the event of a sudden surge in confirmed coronavirus cases,” reports the Guardian.
Concerns are being expressed about the risk of the novel coronavirus spreading in Albania’s prisons and migrant detention centres, says Exit News.
The UNHRC found that conditions at the Karreç migrant detention facility were unsuitable and detainees did not always get adequate access to healthcare. The article continues, “This raises significant concerns about the well-being of refugees as they try to cross borders, but also their vulnerability to Coronavirus. In Albania, basic healthcare provisions are not in place for those seeking asylum or the right to remain, let alone in the middle of a pandemic.”
This week in Albania, members of the Roma community in Tirana, Vlora, Elbasan and Korca have been protesting due to lack of food, reports Exit News. Read the full article here.