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Slovenia: Restrictions eased as country moves to ‘orange’ zone

Slovenia has moved to the ‘orange’ area, which means the number of new infections and hospitalized patients has dropped, allowing the government to ease restrictions. Movement will be allowed back across the country and primary schools will reopen fully on Monday, among other measures.

The decision comes as the seven-day average of confirmed daily cases rose slightly to 837 on Thursday, but still remained below the 1,000 threshold required for a move to the orange zone, the third highest and two levels above green where all restrictions are lightened

In line with the plan, the government has decided to lift restrictions on municipal and regional movement that remained in place for months. However, the 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. rule will remain in place and will be lifted once the country reaches the “yellow” zone, in line with the government’s easing strategy, Interior Minister Ale Minist Hoys announced.

The government also decided to raise the collection threshold from six to ten people.

Slovenia will lift specially designated checkpoints at Schengen internal borders on Saturday as crossing will be possible through all border crossings. Moreover, those who have recovered from COVID-19 or who have received two doses of vaccine will be able to enter the country without having to quarantine or provide a negative coronavirus test, Hoys said.

All elementary and high school seniors will be back in school after almost four months. In western Slovenia, schools will reopen on Monday, while the eastern part of the country will be on winter break and will start school a week later, when the western half goes on holiday.

Also Monday, all stores will reopen without restrictions, as well as a number of services operating in an area of ‚Äč‚Äčless than 400 square meters. The latter condition does not apply to car repair shops, Economy Ministry State Secretary Ajda Cuderman told the press after the government session.

A customer limit of 30 square meters will remain in place indoors, while a customer will be allowed for 10 square meters in open air markets.

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