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171st meeting by correspondence of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia

At its meeting by correspondence, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has adopted the Ordinance temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia and the Ordinance amending the Ordinance determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia to contain and control the COVID-19 communicable disease.

The Ordinance temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia

At its meeting by correspondence, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has issued the Ordinance temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia, which is in force from 6 February 2021 to 12 February 2021 inclusive, and will publish it in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

In order to limit the movement of people and contain and control the COVID-19 epidemic, the Government has issued a new Ordinance temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia, which temporarily prohibits the offering and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia, with certain exemptions that are strictly necessary to meet the basic needs of society and ensure safety and health.

The new ordinance maintains the exemptions provided by the existing ordinance, and adds some exemptions for the statistical regions with a more favourable epidemiological situation. Furthermore, all statistical regions in the Republic of Slovenia are considered as red statistical regions with a more favourable epidemiological situation.

Exemptions to the prohibition, which are not contingent on testing, apply to:

  1. pharmacies,
  2. petrol stations,
  3. financial services,
  4. land surveying services,
  5. mail,
  6. delivery services,
  7. chimney sweeping services, provided that only one service provider is present in the room where these services are performed, or if this is not possible, the service provider and one person who is the user of the small combustion unit may be present in the room; the provision of chimney sweeping services is not permitted for small combustion units installed in rooms that cannot be aired after the service has been provided,
  8. construction works in or on uninhabited construction sites, houses or apartments, provided that it is ensured that there is no contact with consumers,
  9. individual non-medical counselling and therapeutic services,
  10. the personal collection of goods or food, except alcohol and alcoholic beverages, at pick-up points ensuring minimum contact with consumers between 6:00 and 21:00; however, the consumption of food and drink in public areas is prohibited,
  11. newsstands and kiosks for the sale of newspapers and magazines,
  12. hairdressing services, medical pedicure and medical manicure,
  13. cleaning and dry cleaning services,
  14. mobile stands for the sale of agricultural produce and products of farmers,
  15. service workshops in which repair and maintenance services of motor vehicles and bicycles are provided (car tyre services, car mechanic, car painting or bodywork workshops, bicycle repair workshops),
  16. other emergency health and safety services.

Exemptions to the prohibition, for which testing is required, apply to:

  1. stores that mostly sell groceries, personal care and cleaning products, including the sale of agricultural products on farms,
  2. specialised stores selling medical devices and orthopaedic aids,
  3. agricultural stores,
  4. specialised shops selling children's items,
  5. stores with an area of up to 400 m2, regardless of the type of goods,
  6. markets,
  7. other service workshops with an area of up to 400 m2, and manufacturing, maintenance and installation services,
  8. real estate agency services,
  9. hygiene care services other than hairdressing, medical pedicure and medical manicure services (e.g. beauty services, pedicure, body care treatments),
  10. individual professional or business education and training services (e.g. remedial instruction, language schools, expert workshops),
  11. pet care services.

The offering and sale of goods and services that fall within the exemptions for which testing is required is permitted only if the staff offering and selling goods and services is tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on a weekly basis, either with the rapid antigen tests or PCR tests. The offering and sale of such goods and services may therefore only be provided by staff whose results of a test carried out in the Republic of Slovenia have been negative.

However, the offering and sale of goods and services under exemptions from points 8 to 11 for which testing is required is only permitted if the consumers are tested prior to the provision of service for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), either with a rapid antigen test or PCR test, and present the person offering and selling such goods and services with negative results of a test carried out in the Republic of Slovenia and not older than 24 hours.

The weekly testing of staff for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), either with rapid antigen tests or PCR tests, required for the exemptions from points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 enters into force on 12 February 2021.

The exemptions from points 5 and 7 to 11 for which testing is required, enter into force on 9 February 2021, provided that the staff have tested negative for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) with rapid antigen tests or PCR tests; the businesses whose staff already meet the requirement of presenting a negative test result, can open on 6 February 2021.

Source: Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Starting tomorrow, workers commuting daily from countries with a better epidemiological situation no longer required to present negative test results upon entry

The Government has issued an Ordinance amending the Ordinance determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia to contain and control the COVID-19 communicable disease which will be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Ordinance will enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

If they come from EU Member States or Schengen Area countries where the epidemiological situation is better (where the 14-day incidence rate of infection per 100.000 people is lower than in Slovenia), people from certain exempt groups may still enter without having to quarantine and without having to present a negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This applies to the following:

  • workers commuting daily who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country;
  • persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country;
  • citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance to family members, parental care or maintained contact with their child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and returning across the border within 12 hours of crossing the border;
  • persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter the Republic of Slovenia under the same conditions provided that they are traveling together.

These persons must only present negative results of a PCR test or rapid antigen test that may not be older than seven days if they are coming from EU Member States or Schengen Area countries where the epidemiological situation is worse than in Slovenia (i.e. the 14-day incidence rate of infection per 100.000 people is higher than in Slovenia).

Source: Ministry of the Interior