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Slovakia eases curfew rules

Slovakia eases curfew rules

Most of the country is in the red tier as cases drop

As of Monday, 3 May, almost the entire Slovakia (53 districts) is in the red tier, apart from 10 districts that remain coloured in dark red and nine in light red, according to the Covid automat alert system. The improving situation (with just 381 new cases confirmed on Monday) has allowed the government to introduce significant changes to the curfew rules, reports The Slovak Spectator.

Strict curfew for 10 dark red tier districts

Now, the extended curfew between 5 am and 1 am applies only for districts in the dark red tier: Ilava, Kysucké Nové Mesto, Lučenec, Martin, Myjava, Poltár, Považská Bystrica, Trenčín, Turčianske Teplice and Tvrdošín. In these worst-affected districts, a negative test not older than 7 days, confirmation of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required for exempt persons.

Districts in the red tier and light red tier will only have an evening curfew between 9 pm and 1 am, with exceptions granted for going to work, visiting a doctor, walking pets, care giving, and travelling abroad for other than holiday purposes. The clipped curfew means, for example, that people may visit each other during the day.

Exiting the winter lockdown

After the winter lockdown, Slovakia started opening up on April 19. Non-essential shops and some schools reopened, alongside swimming pools, museums, galleries, libraries, zoos and botanical gardens. Restaurant terraces and gyms reopened a week later.

At the same time, travel between districts was allowed, while new rules for crossing borders came into force. The ban on travelling abroad for vacation remains in place, however.

Slow vaccination rate

Approximately 285,000 people are now waiting for their first Covid vaccine dose, while Slovakia expects to receive nearly 1.5 million doses this month. The registration figures have led Robert Suja, the general director of the National Centre for Health Information (NCZI) to the conclusion that the vaccination rate in Slovakia will not exceed 38 percent. He voiced his surprise at the "extremely low" registration rate, noting that some people are perhaps waiting for more vaccine options after losing faith in the Astra Zeneca vaccine.  

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