Slovenia announces relaxation of COVID-19 measures in selected areas

Bars and restaurants in the Primorsko-Notranjska region can start serving customers outdoors starting today, as they move into the ‘yellow zone’ joining Posavje and South-East Slovenia. Stores in the Obalno-Kraška region received the green light to reopen, provided staff are tested weekly as the coastal region has moved to the orange zone.

The government approved the decisions last week when epidemiological situations in the Primorsko-Notranjska and Obalno-Kraška regions showed signs of improvement, Slovenian media reported.

Outdoor service in three “yellow” regions is allowed between 6am and 7pm. Safeguards should be observed, including the use of the mask and weekly testing among staff, as well as ensuring distance between tables. Exemptions from mandatory testing apply to those who have recovered from Covid-19 or those who have been vaccinated.

The maximum number of customers sitting at the same table is four. A client can enter the institution only to go to the toilet.

The whole place is meanwhile in the orange zone. The status of the coastal region has also been updated and will now implement the relevant measures, which means that inter-regional travel restrictions have been lifted.

Starting today, shops and repair shops under 400 square meters, real estate agencies, hair salons, beauticians, pet salons and expert training activities for up to ten people in the region are allowed to conduct business, as long as their staff provides a negative test.

Pharmacies, gas stations, post offices, delivery services, car and bicycle repair shops and construction services can stay open despite staff testing.

Furthermore, gatherings of up to ten people are allowed throughout the country. The same goes for religious services.

The decree is valid until March 26. The government will discuss the possible extension on Wednesday, when a weekly review of the situation and epidemiological restrictions is planned.

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