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Easing of measures continues

As of Thursday, 30 April 2020, the Government is lifting the general prohibition of movement outside the municipality of permanent or temporary residence, while on Monday, 4 May 2020, several economic activities will gradually resume, provided that the instructions of the medical profession are respected. "However, mass events will most likely remain prohibited until a COVID-19 vaccine or medicine is discovered and widely used," said Prime Minister Janez Janša.

Prime Minister Janez Janša announced Slovenia had achieved a turnaround in the fight against coronavirus that allowed it to gradually ease restrictions

Prime Minister Janez Janša announced Slovenia had achieved a turnaround in the fight against coronavirus that allowed it to gradually ease restrictions

The Government has also adopted a plan to restore free movement and to resume a wide range of activities over the coming days, weeks and months.  Some of the dates in the plan are fixed dates, while others can only be indicative, Prime Minister Janša said in a video address after the Government session. The plan is based on the proposals of medical experts from the Ministry of Health.

"After long weeks of restriction of movement and numerous public life activities we have come to an important turning point. The data from the relevant institutions show that both the number of actively infected cases and the number of patients with the new coronavirus in Slovenia has dropped to a level that allows us to adopt a plan for the gradual relaxation of restrictions in the foreseeable future," Janša explained. 

"In this decisive stage victory in the fight against the epidemic, I would like to thank you, dear fellow Slovenians, especially because by following the instructions and restrictions you have prevented the spread of the virus. Thanks to you, Slovenia has been the most successful among all neighbouring countries of Italy, the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak. More importantly, by acting responsibly you have prevented hundreds of deaths as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and also the collapse of the health system, which could have added thousands more to these victims due to the inability to treat many other diseases or injuries. Let us just look at our neighbouring country and we can see what threat we faced," said Prime Minister Janša.

Since the epidemic is not yet over, the Slovenian Prime Minister called on all citizens "to continue to act responsibly also in the days and weeks to come. Only if we strictly follow the instructions of the medical profession in our conduct and behaviour will we be able to keep the number of infections at such a low level that a new outbreak of the epidemic and the reintroduction of restrictions will be avoided".

He urged people to "join forces to try to influence the handful of unreasonable coronavirus deniers who threaten your health and lives through their irresponsible behaviour. I also call on the responsible institutions to consistently prevent threats to health and general security within the scope of their powers".

"Currently, Slovenia is one of the most successful countries in the fight against the epidemic. It owes this success to you, the people. Thanks to the rapid preparation of both anti-corona legislative packages, Slovenia is also among the economically and socially least-affected countries. Let us continue down this path,” he urged.