Government lifts restriction of movement between municipalities and opens schools and shops
The Government has decided that from Monday the restriction of movement between municipalities will be lifted and gatherings of up to ten people will be permitted. All primary school students (except those on holiday) will return to school. Also from Monday, all commercial activities will be permitted without restriction.
Via amendments to the Ordinance on the temporary partial restriction of movement and the restriction of public gatherings in order to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infections, the Government is lifting the restriction of movement between municipalities and permitting gatherings of up to ten people.
The Ordinance temporarily prohibiting gatherings of people in educational institutions and universities and independent higher education institutions, adopted by the Government in accordance with its roadmap for easing measures as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, provides that the prohibition of gatherings no longer applies to nursery schools, primary schools or adult education institutions. Compared to the Ordinance currently in force, new exceptions are defined in the secondary education system regarding students in lower vocational programmes and students in the final years of secondary programmes, the provision of practical instruction and participants in adult education. In the case of technical colleges, universities and independent higher education institutions, exams and seminars with up to ten participants are also permitted.
The Government has issued a new Ordinance on the temporary suspension of the sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia, which enters into force on 15 February 2021, while the validity of the existing Ordinance has been extended until 14 February 2021. Compared to the Ordinance currently in force, exceptions are widened to include the performance of commercial activities as regulated by the law governing trade, regardless of the type of goods or the sales area, which means that all commercial activities are permitted without restrictions. Accordingly, all indents from the current Ordinance that have regulated exceptions in the trade sector up to now are deleted and substituted by a new exception.
Another amendment regards the sale of agricultural produce on farms, which in the new Ordinance is included in the exception permitting goods and food to be collected in person at pick-up points.
In the case of professional or business education and training services, the new Ordinance provides that these may be attended by up to ten people.
The new Ordinance no longer requires consumers or customers to submit a negative test result in order to access certain services. There is also a partial amendment regarding the personal hygiene sector: all personal hygiene services, including hairdressing and pedicure services, are included among the exceptions that require testing for the provider.
The new Ordinance determining the conditions for entry into the Republic of Slovenia for the purpose of containment and control of the infectious disease COVID-19 also permits entry to the country without quarantine or a negative test result for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have recovered from it. In the case of individuals who own or lease land in the cross-border area or on both sides of the national border and who cross the border with the neighbouring country in order to perform agricultural or forestry work, the time limit within which they must return across the border is increased from eight hours to ten hours after entry.