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Ordinance temporarily restricting 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 issued the Ordinance temporarily restricting the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia, which will be in force from 26 July to 1 August 2021 inclusive, and will publish it in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

In view of the rapid increase in Delta variant cases in the EU Member States, which could lead to a worsening of the epidemiological situation in Slovenia, the Government adopted the new Ordinance temporarily restricting the offering and sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia, considering the content of the Action Plan for easing measures to curb the COVID-19 epidemic of 7 January 2021, which was amended on 9 April 2021 due to the pandemic subsiding.

With the proposed ordinance, the diction for night clubs and discotheques is now redefined as catering establishments providing music for dancing or entertainment programmes from 5:00 to 24:00. The term “COVID-19 Vaccine produced by Moderna” is replaced with the term “Spikevax (COVID-19 Vaccine) produced by Moderna”.

Only consumers who meet the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule may enter casinos, gaming halls and venues for special games of chance, accommodation facilities, indoor spaces where trade fair and congress activities are carried out, catering establishments providing music for dancing or entertainment programmes, and premises where the hospitality activities of preparing and serving food and beverages are carried out. Proof of a negative PCR test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 must not be older than 72 hours after taking the swab, and proof of a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. However, this rule does not apply in outdoor spaces where the catering activities of preparing and serving food and beverages is carried out, provided that a distance of at least three metres between the edges of tables is observed.

Furthermore, providers of goods and services are required to check whether consumers meet the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule before entering casinos, gaming halls and venues for special games of chance, accommodation facilities, indoor spaces where trade fair and congress activities are carried out, catering establishments providing music for dancing or entertainment programmes, and premises where the catering activities of preparing and serving food and beverages are carried out. In addition, providers of goods and services are required to inform consumers by posting a notice in a visible place that compliance with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule is compulsory in all the aforementioned premises.