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Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the movement and gathering of people have been temporarily restricted in Slovenia.

Wear a face mask

Surgical mask or a FFP2 mask are mandatory:

  • in all closed public spaces,
  • on public transport,
  • in open public spaces or outside, if a distance of at least 1,5 metres is not maintained and
  • in personal vehicles.

Masks are not compulsory for:

  • children up to and including six years of age,
  • preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children;
  • teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they give lectures from behind a protective barrier made of glass or a similar material,
  • speakers in enclosed public places or premises if a distance of at least 3 metres from others is maintained,
  • performers at public cultural events,
  • persons practicing sports,
  • person with special needs, who are prevented from using a protective mask for objective reasons,
  • pupils and students in physical education classes and sports classes,
  • music school students in wind instruments, singing, dance, contemporary dance and ballet classes and students in dance, singing and instrument classes, 
  • guests (subject to the RVT rule) in enclosed public places and places where food and drink is prepared and served,
  • for direct communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing people (if it is possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres) and for Slovenian sign language interpreters.

The Recovered - Vaccinated - Tested rule mandatory for all employees

The Government ordinance stipulates that the Recovered - Vaccinated – Tested rule (RVT rule*) must be met by all employees as well as all users of services or activities, except in cases of the emergency supply of basic necessities of life, the provision of public order, security and defence, emergency medical assistance and protection and rescue, urgent healthcare services, urgent procedures involving social and family issues, urgent personal assistance, and protection and rescue.

Employees

The RVT rule must be met for the duration of work by all employees and persons who work for an employer on another legal basis, or are self-employed. The requirements of the RVT rule do not have to be met while a person is working from home.

Verification of meeting the RVT rule shall be organised by the responsible persons carrying out or organising the work.

Self-testing

Testing with a rapid antigen test for self-testing is also considered as performing the work. Self-testing is to be carried out every 48 hours. The responsible persons carrying out or organising the work are to determine the time and place of self-testing, which must be carried out at the workplace.

Users

The RVT rule must be met by:

  • all persons who are users of services or who participate in or are present in the performance of activities, a negative PCR test provided that no more than 48 hours have passed since the swab was taken, or a negative rapid antigen test provided that no more than 24 hours have passed since the swab was taken,
  • users of prisons, correctional facilities, centres for foreigners, asylum centres and integration houses, either on admission to accommodation or on return to accommodation, if the absence lasted for more than 48 hours.

The RVT rule does not apply in cases of:

  • the emergency supply of the basic necessities of life,
  • the provision of public order, security and defence,
  • emergency medical assistance,
  • protection and rescue, and
  • persons posted to carry out tasks in the international transport sector who leave Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border to refuel at petrol stations.

The following are considered essential supplies of the basic necessities of life:

  • shops predominantly selling groceries and beverages, including the sale of foodstuffs and beverages outside stores; grocery shops located within a shopping centre are not regarded as an exception;
  • specialised shops selling pharmaceutical, medicinal, cosmetic products and toiletries; shops located within a shopping centre are not regarded as an exception
  • humanitarian warehouses, food distribution centres and other locations which enable free access to basic necessities for socially vulnerable groups.

In relation to petrol service stations, the requirements of the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule need to be met only if the service is provided indoors.

Persons not meeting the RVT rule will not be allowed to use the service or to participate in or be present at the performance of the activity.

The RVT rule does not apply to:

  1. persons under the age of 12 and persons engaged in the service of guidance, care and employment under special conditions,
  2. persons who accompany a child under the age of 12, or a person unable to take care of themselves, to a healthcare service provider, and
  3. pupils and students using public transport,
  4. users of healthcare services intending to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus,
  5. users of goods delivery services or when collecting consignments being delivered to the addressee.

Gathering of people (socialising)

Gatherings (socialising) are temporarily prohibited, and are only permitted for groups of persons who are immediate family members or share the same household.

All public events, public gatherings, celebrations, and wedding ceremonies are temporarily prohibited, unless otherwise provided for in ordinances or other acts of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

The organisation of public cultural events in open public spaces is not permitted, but it is permitted in enclosed public spaces with fixed seating, whereby every other seat must be left vacant, the use of face masks is mandatory, and all participants must comply with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule.

The organisation of public sports events is allowed only in spaces with fixed seating, whereby every other seat must be left vacant, the use of face masks is mandatory, and all participants must comply with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule.

The collective exercise of religious freedom is permitted provided that participants comply with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule, wear protective masks and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between each other.

Verification of compliance with the RVT condition

In a visible location, service providers are obliged to inform in writing persons implementing their work and service users about their obligation to meet the RVT condition and verify their compliance at entry points. The RVT condition must be met by local and foreign guests, irrespective of the fact that the latter’s compliance with the RVT condition will already have been checked at the state border.

Persons not meeting the RVT condition are not permitted to use the service or attend or be present at the implementation of activities or in the environments in the Republic of Slovenia as per the foregoing or the provisions of the Ordinance.

Financing of testing

The funds for testing with HAG tests and the HAG tests for self-testing are provided from the budget of the Republic of Slovenia.

The right to free testing with HAG tests at health-care providers is granted only to persons

  • with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia,
  • who are employed at an employer with a head office in Slovenia, or
  • who are diplomatic representatives in Slovenia.

Temporary restriction on the implementation of hospitality activities

Implementation of the hospitality activity of serving food and beverages is permitted only to the guests who are sitting at tables between 5:00 and 22:00. The use of a mask is not required for guests sitting at tables, only when observing the RVT condition in the hospitality activity of preparing and serving food and beverages.

At the entrance of an establishment or premises where the hospitality activity of serving food and beverages takes place, the maximum number of guests permitted simultaneously in the establishment or at the premises must be displayed in a visible location.

The operation of establishments providing music for dancing or entertainment programmes (discotheques, night clubs) are not permitted.

Implementation of fairs

When organising fairs, visitors should move via a one-way system, whereby the entry and exit must be separate.

The maximum number of persons permitted to be simultaneously present on the premises must be displayed in a visible location at the entry to the premises where the hospitality activity of serving food and beverages takes place. Under these conditions, it is permitted to implement the hospitality activity of serving food and beverages at fairs and events taking place in outdoor areas and at outdoor mobile stalls.

The area of an outdoor fair (mobile stalls in a line or a group) must be fenced so that access to the premises is not possible past the official entry point.

Congresses and trade fairs are permitted outdoors and indoors under the following conditions:Congresses and trade fairs are permitted outdoors and indoors under the following conditions:
• participants must comply with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule, wear protective masks and maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others,
• the compliance with recovered/vaccinated/tested rule is checked by the persons responsible for carrying out or organising the congress or trade fair; compliance checks are also subject to regular supervision,
• serving food and beverages at stands is not permitted (with the exception of traditionally prepared roast chestnuts),
• at outdoor events, the one-way flow of visitors is ensured with separate entrances and exits,
• the outdoor event area must be enclosed in such a way that access is only possible through the official entrance.

Public passenger transport

Public transport is running as usual. However, as of 10 January 2022, passenger numbers will be limited.

Passengers must provide the transport operator with proof of compliance with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule. The use of masks is mandatory for drivers and passengers.

Conditions for the operation and use of cableway installations

Cableway installations and ski slopes may be used provided that:
• users present proof of compliance with the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule to the cableway operator upon purchasing tickets or at the ski slope,
• persons over 6 years of age use a surgical mask or FFP2 mask in enclosed cableway installations (e.g. funiculars, cable-cars, gondolas),
• passengers in open cableway installations (e.g. chairlifts and ski lifts) use a surgical mask or FFP2 mask when there is no vacant seat between them, except in the case of children under 6 years of age and persons with special needs,
• cabin windows are open at all times, including during the ride,
• a distance of 1.5 metres is ensured during the rides and in the ticket queues,
• at the end of the operation, the operator of cableway installations cleans all the surfaces of enclosed cableway installations with which users have been in contact.

Education

Classes for primary and secondary school students are to be held on school premises. 

Activities in secondary schools are running according to Model B, i.e. on school or other educational institution premises, and students can stay in residential facilities full time.

All classes at higher vocational colleges can be conducted face-to-face.

As of 17 November, primary school pupils are required to take rapid antigen tests for self-testing three times a week. Self-testing is to be carried out in an educational institution. Pupils who do not take rapid antigen tests for self-testing will be educated via distance learning.

Primary school pupils and secondary school students with special needs who cannot carry out self-testing in educational institutions due to health reasons, obstacles or disabilities, may carry out self-testing in their home environment. 

It is mandatory for university students and participants in adult education programmes for officially recognised educational qualifications to self-test three times a week by taking rapid antigen tests.

Primary school pupils, secondary school students and university students being self-tested by means of HAG tests thus also meet the RVT condition to visit music schools and extracurricular activities, and exercise collective freedom of worship. 

Cultural events, religious ceremonies

Public cultural events

Public cultural events may only be held on condition that the performers and people involved in the organisation of the event that have direct contact with visitors meet the requirements of the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule. This condition does not apply to persons under the age of 12. The public cultural event can be attended by a maximum of 750 visitors. 

Public cultural events may only be attended by visitors meeting the requirements of the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule. This condition does not apply to persons under the age of 12.

The organiser of the public cultural event is required to check whether the visitors meet the requirements of the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule before allowing them entry into the event venue.

Museums, galleries, libraries and archives

There is no limit on the number of visitors.

A distance of at least one metre must be ensured between all visitors, except between persons sharing the same household. 

Religious ceremonies, prayers and other religious practices

The number of persons that are allowed to collectively exercise religious freedom in an enclosed or open space is not limited based on the size of the enclosed or open space, however a minimum distance of one metre must be ensured between attendees, except between persons sharing the same household.

Sports

All sports competitions, in both recreational and professional sports, are permitted. The sports event can be attended by a maximum of 750 spectators.

Spectators can be present at sports competitions if they meet the RVT condition*.

Recreational sports can be practised individually or in groups.