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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 younger than six years of age;
  • primary school pupils up to and including the 5th grade,but only when they are in their classrooms;
  • preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children;
  • teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they lecture behind a protective barrier made of glass or a similar material;
  • persons practicing individual sports if a distance of at least three metres is maintained;
  • persons or members of the same household when taking a walk on green spaces or practicing sports or recreational activities if a distance of at least 1,5 metres is maintained at all times; 
  • in personal vehicles when more than one person or member of the same household is in the vehicle;
  • direct communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing people (if it is possible to maintain a distance of two metres) and Slovenian sign language interpreters.

Gatherings (socialising) and events with up to 50 participants allowed

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

Public gatherings and events with up to 100 participants

Gatherings on organised public events, and public gatherings are permitted when the organiser is known and subject to the conditions prescribed by Public Assembly Act.

The following restrictions must be observed:

  • the number of persons in enclosed spaces and in the open is limited to one person per 10 square metres or more persons if they are from the same household, but not more than 100 participants in total,
  • the distance between participants must be at least 1.5 meters, except between persons sharing the same household,
  • protective masks are mandatory for all participants at events or gatherings in enclosed spaces.

Public gatherings and events with more than 100 participants

Gatherings of people at organised public events and gatherings with over 100 participants are allowed if the participants meet the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements

These requirements do not have to be met by participants who have not yet reached the age of 18 and attend a public event or gathering together with close family members, guardians, a school or other institution.

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.

*RVT condition: Recovered – Vaccinated – Tested.

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.

There are no changes regarding mask wearing and employee testing.

Restrictions in the sale of goods and services

Offering and selling goods and services to consumers is generally allowed.

The offering and sale of goods and services within the group of exceptions that demand a test is permitted only if the employees are tested once a week for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) using the RAT (rapid test) or PCR method. Goods and services can therefore be offered and sold only by employees who have a negative test result obtained in the Republic of Slovenia. 

The following persons are excluded from mandatory testing:

  1. a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that is not older than 48 hours according to the date of the swab taken if it was carried out in an EU Member State, a Schengen Area Member State, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
  2. a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor assesses otherwise, but which is not older than six months, or a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 if not more than six months have elapsed since the beginning of symptoms, or
  3. a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, which proves that:

    - at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine by BioNTech/Pfizer,
    - at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna,
    - at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 vaccine) by AstraZeneca,
    - at least 14 days have passed since the dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
    - at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Covishield vaccine by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
    - at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine by Russia's Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
    - at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, or
    - at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sinopharm.

As an exception to the obligation to test for employees and consumers, the COVID-19 recovered patients who have been vaccinated with a single dose of vaccine within a period of up to eight months from the positive result of the PCR test or the start of symptoms with one of the decree-recognised vaccines, are added among exceptions to harmonise with other decrees. No testing is required as protection is established from the day of vaccination.

The condition of compulsory employee testing applies to:

  • services of hygienic care (e.g. hair salons, cosmetic activity, pedicure, manicure, body care salons);
  • non-medical counselling and therapeutic services,
  • professional or business education and training (e.g. tutoring, language schools, professional workshops);
  • the operation of casinos and gaming halls and the organisation of special games of chance, with a maximum capacity of 75%;
  • trade fair activities;
  • conference activities;
  • the hospitality activities of preparing and serving food and beverages;
  • accommodation services;
  • the services of night clubs and discotheques from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Only consumers with proof of recovery, vaccination or testing (RVT conditon*) may enter accommodation facilities, indoor spaces where the hospitality activities of preparing and serving food and beverages or trade fair and congress activities are carried out, or nightclubs, discos, casinos, gaming halls and venues for special games of chance. This condition does not apply to persons younger than 18 years of age who stay at such facility with a close family member or guardian.

With regard to hospitality activities, seating service and the limit of four people per table are no longer required; only the condition of maintaining a distance of three meters between the edges of the tables must be observed. However, compliance with all NIPH hygiene recommendations is required.

In public places where the activities of offering and selling goods and services to consumers are carried out, one customer per 10 m² is allowed, or a single customer if the business premises have an area of less than 10 m². The 10 m2 limit per customer also applies to entire shopping centres.

All the hygiene recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the NIPH for SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention, which are published on the websites of the Ministry and the NIJZ, must still be followed mutatis mutandis when offering and selling goods and services to consumers.

Gaming halls can offer up to 75% of their available capacity, while regarding conference and fair activities, the number of persons in enclosed public spaces or open areas with fixed seats is limited to 75% of the seating capacity, with one seat left vacant between two persons, except for persons from the same household.

Cultural events, religious ceremonies

Public cultural events may be held in enclosed public places and outdoors if seating is provided. Where there are no fixed seats, standing places are also allowed in addition to added seats.

Spectators and listeners may occupy up to 75% of the available fixed seats in enclosed public spaces and outdoors. One seat must be left vacant between participants, except for persons from the same household. In venues with no fixed seats, added seats or standing places must be placed least one metre apart, except for persons from the same household. 

The limit on the number of visitors according to the seating capacity does not apply to persons who can gather as a closed group on the basis of NIJZ recommendations in the field of education. 

Public cultural events may only be attended by persons meeting the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements. This condition does not apply to persons younger than 15 years of age. 

Public cultural events may be performed only if the performers meet the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements. Otherwise, performers at cultural events must take a PCR or rapid antigen test once a week or before the event itself (if performed occasionally). Only persons with a negative test result may perform.

Number of participants in religious ceremonies

Where fixed seating is available, participants may occupy up to 50% of the capacity of the venue. The distance between participants, however, must be at least 1.5 meters, except between persons from the same household.

Where there are no seats or seats are added, the distance between participants or added seats must be at least 1.5 meters, except for persons from the same household.

Where the area of the enclosed space would not allow the gathering of 100 persons, up to 100 participants are allowed, provided that the distance between them is at least 1.5 meters, except for between persons from the same household.

In religious ceremonies, services, prayers and other religious practices, the number of persons collectively exercising their religious freedom in enclosed spaces is limited to 50% of seating capacity.

The distance between participants must be at least 1.5 metres at all times, except between persons sharing the same household.

Sports

All sports competitions, in both recreational and professional sports, are permitted.

Spectators can once again be present at sports competitions if they meet the RVT condition*. The presence of spectators is permitted for up to 75% of seating capacity.

Recreational sports can be practised individually or in groups of up to 50 people.