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Slovenia eases restrictions on sports and cultural events, hospitality services

Slovenia eases restrictions on sports and cultural events, hospitality services

Venues may operate at 75 percent capacity; arrivals need only negative rapid antigen test

With the third wave of Covid-19 infections receding, the Slovenian government has amended a number of decrees, increasing capacity limits at public sports and cultural events, as well as easing restrictions in the hospitality services sector. 

Cap on venue capacity raised to 75 percent 

As of Thursday, both indoor and outdoor sports and cultural facilities can admit spectators to 75 percent of venue capacity instead of the current 50 percent, according to the Government Communication Office. In addition to this, seats may now be installed in enclosed public spaces where no such exist, provided that there is a distance of at least 1 metre between seats. 

All other conditions and restrictions related to public cultural events remain unchanged. Only seated events can be organised, and they are open only to persons who are either vaccinated, reconvalescent or have tested negative for Covid-19.  

Hospitality services can take a breath

Accommodation providers with up to 60 units will be able to fill up to 45 as of Monday. Those operating more than 60 units will be allowed to fill up to 75 percent of their overall capacity. The new rule also applies to camping sites, The Slovenia Times reports, quoting a government press release.

Swimming pools can operate at 75 percent of capacity but will be available only to visitors who are either tested, vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.

Consuming food and drink at takeaway points is no longer banned. Shopping centres need to ensure 10 sq metres of space between customers instead of the current 20 sq metres.

Negative antigen test enables entry

The government has also changed the decree on the conditions for entering Slovenia. Now, apart from a negative PCR test, a negative rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours will be recognized as a precondition for avoiding quarantine. The change comes into effect on 5 June and will be valid until 13 June.

A PCR or rapid antigen test will be acceptable if conducted in a member state of the EU or the Schengen Area, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK and the US and, at international air travel checkpoints, Turkey.

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