​ COVID-19 General Information

We will be bringing you updates about the evolution of COVID-19 on the international and national level. We would like to stress that there are currently no reported or suspected cases within the BSB community.

The President of Romania, Klaus Iohanis announced on 4th May that the government would not extend the existing state of emergency in the country for another 30 days. Starting May 15th, the state of emergency will be replaced with the state of alert. A full transcript of his speech can be found here.

President Iohannis formally announced on 27th April 2020 that state schools, apart from specific groups to sit the Romanian State exams, will not reopen until September 2020. The BSB campus will therefore remain closed until further notice.

In light of this new information, BSB will resume online learning for all students beginning on Wednesday, 6th May. The academic year 2019-20 will finish on Friday, 10th July at 12 pm and the new academic year 2020-2021 will begin as originally planned on Wednesday, 2nd September.

See below updated information regarding the list of areas with extended community transmission COVID-19, together with the recommendations issued by the National Centre for Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases. If you have travelled abroad and returned to Romania since 15th May 2020, you should comply with the official regulations: People coming from an international destination enter self-isolation at home or specialised quarantine for 14 days, immediately after returning to Romania.

The British Embassy Bucharest published here a note about Romanian Government Measures during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Here you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of the Coronavirus disease, and the official names announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’) and the disease it causes.

We also encourage all parents and staff members; in cases where they or their children have severe symptoms, to be tested to see if they might be carrying the virus as a proactive measure.

In this case, you should go the Matei Bals Hospital, one of the best infectious disease hospitals in Romania, and here you can request a diagnostic test.

The Coronavirus outbreak has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday, 24th March, that the whole country will be placed under quarantine, which means that the movement restrictions for citizens that so far have been only recommendations become mandatory. He also decided to use the Army to help keep the situation under control. The restrictions are enforced through the military ordinance no.3 and no.4, regarding the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You should bear in mind these regulations, according to the military ordinance no. 3 and 4:

  • The free and unregulated movement of people will be stopped. Leaving the house is forbidden without good reason, such as going to work where you must present a certificate from the employer, a work card or a declaration on your own responsibility.
  • Leaving the house will only be allowed for urgent and personal needs, such as supplies from shops or pharmacies.
  • Leaving the house is allowed for short movement and walking pets in relatively close proximity to the house.
  • The movement of persons who have reached the age of 65, outside the home/household, is allowed only during the hours 11:00–13:00 for urgent matters. The movement of those persons, outside their home, is allowed outside the hours 11:00-13:00 if this is done for medical reasons, such as planned oncological treatments, dialysis, etc., using own means of travel or family or, if necessary, special medical transport.
  • The army and police will always have the right to ask you why you have left your home.
  • We would recommend that you carry ID with you whenever you leave your home, and the declaration.

As the situation is constantly changing with regards to the spread of the Coronavirus, we would be very grateful if you could please closely monitor travel advice.

The European Commission announced on Monday, 16th March, that it would introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union. Such a measure would also apply to Romania, which is part of the EU.

Should you have any questions about travelling to countries of high risk, please ask the school office what guidelines you should follow before and after your travels.

COVID-19 – List of regions and localities – updated section of problematic areas in the world.