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In Slovenia, more than four people can be now seated at one restaurant table

Epidemic formally ends in Slovenia

Epidemic formally ends in Slovenia

Some restrictions remain, such as mask-wearing indoors and physical distancing

The Slovenian government announced yesterday an end to the emergency situation declared on 19 October last year in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and extended for 30 days on 16 May 2021.

Declining epidemic curve

According to Mateja Logar, head of the Covid-19 advisory group, all three conditions for this have been met: the number of hospitalizations (122) and patients treated in intensive care units (40) has dropped significantly and the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population stands below 140. Last week, Slovenia entered the orange tier of restrictions.

The formal end of the epidemic doesn’t mean that all curbs will be automatically lifted, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health Franc Vindišar said at a news conference. The advisory group will continue to monitor the epidemiological picture in the country on a weekly basis and assess what measures are needed to keep the situation under control, he explained, urging the public to follow all relevant rules and recommendations.

Masks, distancing, PCT system indoors

For the time being, the PCT system remains in force for access to indoor areas of accommodation facilities, bars, cultural and sports events. The abbreviation reads that guests and attendees must show proof that they have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from Covid-19 infection.

The obligation to wear a mask indoors and keep a safe distance from other people remains in place as well. Where possible, activities should take place outdoors, and indoor spaces should be regularly ventilated.

Accommodation places and event venues can operate at 75 percent capacity. 10 square metres per person at events without fixed seats, as well as three metres distance between tables of catering establishments must be provided. However, the cap on patrons (no more than four adults sitting at one table) is removed.

According to Vindišar, further vaccination of the population against COVID-19 is crucial especially given the threat of more transmissible variants like Delta. About 45 percent of the adult population in Slovenia has received a single dose of vaccine, and 32 percent are fully vaccinated.

Social supports

Mateja Ribič, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, said during the press conference that despite the end of the epidemic, many measures to help social welfare institutions will remain in force. Thus, the ministry will continue to provide funds for additional employment, and employees will continue to be entitled to the allowance for work in the gray and red zones if such need to be established. However, with the end of the epidemic, the monthly automatic extension of the exercise of rights from public funds ceases.

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