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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

Masks 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,
  • primary school pupils up to and including the 5th grade, only when they are in their homeroom,
  • music school pupils up to and including 2nd grade,
  • 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 1.5 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 seated at a table in the hospitality sector.

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 once a week at equal intervals. 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. Financial resources for self-testing with rapid antigen tests are provided by the employer.

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 15 and persons engaged in the service of guidance, care and employment under special conditions,
  2. persons who bring or take a child or a pupil to kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade of primary school, music school up to and including 2nd grade, primary school with an adapted programme or institution for the education of children and adolescents with special needs, occupational activity centres, education, work and care centres, and day centres of retirement homes,
  3. persons who accompany a child under the age of 15, or a person unable to take care of themselves, to a healthcare service provider, and
  4. pupils and students using public transport,
  5. users of healthcare services intending to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus,
  6. 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)

Gathering (socialising) is permitted to groups of up to 50 persons only, unless they are close family members or share the same household.

Indoor and outdoor public assemblies and events

Gatherings of more than 50 people at organised public events and assemblies is permitted indoors and outdoors in accordance with the Public Assembly Act and when the organiser is known.

The attendees must meet the RVT rule. Attendees under the age of 15 are exempt from this condition.

Protective face masks are mandatory:

  • in all indoor public spaces or premises,
  • in all outdoor public spaces or premises where the minimum 1.5-metre social distancing cannot be attained.

Protective face masks are not mandatory:

  • in outdoor public spaces or premises for members of the same household and where the minimum 1.5-metre social distancing is attained,
  • in all outdoor public spaces or premises if the RVT rule is observed.

At the entry to an event or an assembly, the organiser of the public event or assembly must determine whether all attendees of the event or the assembly meet the RVT rule. A person who fails to meet this condition is not permitted to attend the event or assembly. The organiser is obliged to inform the attendees of the event or the assembly that observance of the RVT rule is mandatory for attending the event or assembly by placing a written notification in a visible location.

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.