Albanian gov't tightens restrictive measures amid COVID-19

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 28, 2020 17:17

Albanian gov't tightens restrictive measures amid COVID-19

TIRANA, March 28 - As of Monday, only one person per household will be allowed to go out in order to do grocery shopping or run errands for one hour a day between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Albania. Each person is required to apply online or via text message in order to receive the movement authorization by the Albanian government.

However, the authorization is not required for those who go to work. Moreover, those who surpass the 1-hour permit will not be fined, as this only serves to regulate the movement of people. As of now, no special requirements have been announced for foreigners currently living in Albania.

Citizens may apply for the permit in two ways. One way requires sending a a text message to 55 155, stating the ID card number and the time during which one chooses to run their errands. The authorization will be received within 24 hours.

The second way requires downloading the e-Albania app or going directly to the website, where citizens have to register an account and apply under 'Leje per dalje' (Permit to go out). In this case, the authorization will be received immediately.

In both cases, the police will check if the citizen is authorized to move during the permitted curfew by looking at each person's ID card number, while the elderly will be prohibited from going out at all.

Meanwhile, the Albanian government has restricted all movement from 1 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday, thus prohibiting all activity and movement on Sunday.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 28, 2020 17:17