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Restriction of movement between statistical regions and movement at night, and gatherings limited to no more than 6 people

On Sunday, 2637 coronavirus tests were conducted and 537 new cases were confirmed, which is a 20.4% positivity rate. A total of 289 patients with COVID-19 are currently in hospital, of whom 55 are in intensive care units. Two persons died. On Sunday, Slovenia reached a 14-day incidence of 339 cases per 100,000 population.

Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs talks to the press.

Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs talks to the press. | Author Nebojša Tejić, STA

According the government spokesman Jelko Kacin, today the Government call centre for coronavirus information started to operate. In accordance with the national communication plan, the conditions for its activation were provided by the declaration of the epidemic. The counsellors at the centre are available at the toll-free telephone number 080 1404 and for calls from abroad at +386 1 478 7550 from Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm. Calls will be answered by final year students of the Faculty of Medicine with the assistance of experts from various working areas. 

In the course of the press conference, the Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs presented the measures adopted by the Government at the morning correspondence session. A ban on movement among statistical regions has been put in place. Most of the exceptions have remained in force except for the possibility of spending already booked holidays in other statistical regions, which is no longer permitted. A person may only use this option if a holiday has been booked in the region of their permanent residence.

Regardless of the type of region, events, such as weddings, anniversaries, religious ceremonies and other events or gatherings are no longer allowed anywhere in Slovenia. The ordinance adopted today also restricts the gathering of people, which means that as of today not more than 6 persons are allowed to meet; the only exception applies to members of the same household if such has more than 6 family members.  

Several European Core Countries have already introduced night time movement restrictions. On the basis of the Communicable Diseases Act, Slovenia has introduced a temporary restriction on movement from 9.00 pm to 6.00 am. Exceptions concern arrivals to and departures from work, the elimination of risks to human life and other interventions. 

The Government additionally defined an exception for people travelling abroad, which only applies to close family members and where the reason for crossing the border is exclusively real estate maintenance and not tourism.