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Prohibition on the gathering of more than 10 people; up to 500 people permitted at public meetings and events, and at other gatherings, but without the service of food and beverages

At today’s correspondence session, the Slovenian government adopted an Ordinance on the temporary limitation or prohibition of public gatherings in the Republic of Slovenia, and the prohibition on the transport of certain types of goods and products during public gatherings. At the same session, the government also confirmed the draft national recovery and resilience plan.

Resolutions adopted at the government’s 101st correspondence session were presented by the Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology Simon Zajc, while government spokesperson Jelko Kacin presented current epidemiological data.

A total of 3,665 people were tested on Wednesday, with a record 387 confirmed infections, translating to 10.55% of all people tested. Hospitals are caring for 131 patients, with 21 of them requiring intensive care. One patient died. The 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants reached 128. At 64, the highest number of infections was recorded in Ljubljana, followed by Novo mesto and Vrhnika at 17, Domžale at 15, Škofljica at 11 and Škofja Loka at 10 infections.

A temporary prohibition on the gathering of more than ten people is in force. The gathering of more than ten people is only permitted if the minimum safety distance between people can be ensured in accordance with the rules and recommendations adopted by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).

The gathering of people at organised public meetings and events, and other forms of gathering for which the Public Assembly Act does not apply is permitted for up to 500 participants (excluding performers), under the condition that the organiser obtains the positive opinion of the NIJZ for such a meeting and event, or other form of gathering, and ensures the minimum safety distance between people in accordance with the rules and recommendations adopted by the NIJZ. An organiser must submit a positive opinion from the NIJZ at the request of the competent supervisory authority. The serving of food and beverages at such meetings, events or other forms of gathering is not permitted.

The measures enter into force on 9 October. Minister Hojs emphasised that the police will be more consistent in the enforcement of the measure regarding gatherings of people in public places starting tomorrow, in terms of legitimising and imposing fines.

State Secretary Zajc presented the measure regarding service in establishments, which can only be provided at tables that must be spaced at greater distances. The government also adopted a measure regarding the permitted number of people in public places, such as stores, banks, post offices and agencies, taking into account the size of a particular space. That rules allows for one visitor per 20 m2 of surface area.

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