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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,
  • 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 not applies 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 postal services when collecting consignments which must be collected in person because legal consequences can occur as a result of non-collection.

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.

Public passenger transport

This can be carried out in accordance with the normal timetables.

The use of masks is mandatory for drivers and passengers.

The use of cable cars is permitted for persons who meet the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements, as well as for children up to and including the age of 12 who are accompanied by their parents.

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.

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. 

A rapid antigen test for self-testing taken by pupils, secondary school students and students or participants in adult education programmes for the purpose of participating in an educational or a study programme will be considered as meeting the RVT rule for participation in extracurricular activities.