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Slovakia relaxes some restrictive measures placed on shops

But hygiene requirements are further tightened around the country

  • March 30, 2020 14:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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As of today, 30 March, new regulations on everyday life in Slovakia come into force. After an emergency meeting held on Friday, 27 March, the country’s government decided that some venues that had been closed and deemed unessential during the state’s initial response to the coronavirus outbreak can now resume operations – but only if they can strictly adhere to tighter hygiene requirements.

Shifting priorities

With the lockdown looking increasingly likely to drag on for months, the government of Slovakia has demonstrated that it can show flexibility regarding the rules and restrictions that it imposes on social life.

So, starting 30 March, some shops around the country will be able to reopen – two weeks after they were initially closed. This only applies, however, to venues that can adhere to the strictest hygiene measures. Furthermore, all other regulations will also apply – like, for example, caps on how many people can be inside the shop at the same, rules about social distancing, etc.

As of today, all shops that are open must also adhere to the following rules:

  • All customers entering the shops must either have gloves or be provided with disinfectants or hand sanitizer
  • All customers must remain at a distance of 2 meters from each other
  • Only 1 person per 25 square metres is allowed entry into the venue, while the rest should wait outside while maintaining a two-metre distance from each other while in the queue

The ease of restrictions on what kinds of shops can now operate applies to those with longer-term benefits – not just ones providing bare necessities. The list includes opticians, hardware stores, gardening shops, bike sale and repair shops, IT companies and services and building material stores.

By slowly easing the restrictions while still retaining the necessary sanitary conditions, Slovakia is creeping towards a transition back to normalcy and allows its businesses and citizens to begin a return to regular life.

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