Gatherings of up to 100 people allowed again and outdoor hospitality reopens

Ljubljana – Slovenians can look forward to partial easement of two of the perhaps most disapproved pandemic restrictions on Monday. The months-long assemblies ban will be abolished, as gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed, and outdoor hospitality will reopen after nearly six months in most of the country.

As of today, up to 100 people will be allowed to gather in organised rallies outside and indoors. They will have to adhere to safety recommendations.

At outdoor gatherings participants will have to keep a 1.5 metre distance. Moreover, one person or one household will be allowed on a surface area of 10 square metres. If these conditions are met, masks will not be required.

Masks will be obligatory at indoor gatherings, which will be limited to one person or one household per 30 square metres.

The government decided to abolish the public assembly ban on Friday after the Constitutional Court stayed the ban two days prior.

Moreover, the government decided to allow outdoor hospitality to open in eight of the country’s 12 statistical regions. In all but one of the regions the opening comes after nearly six months.

The easement will step in force in the regions of Pomurje, Podravje, Koroška, Zasavska, Gorenjska, Goriška and Obalno-Kraška.

Establishments will be allowed to serve guests outside between 7am and 7pm. A number of conditions have been put in place, including weekly testing of staff.

Moreover, tables will have to be at least three metres apart, with a maximum of four patrons allowed at one table.

Apart from a brief period in March, when outdoor hospitality was allowed in Podravje, Southeast Slovenia and Primorsko-Notranjska, establishments in Slovenia have not been allowed to serve guests since 23 October 2020.

They were, however, allowed to provide pickup and delivery services, and business to business services have also been allowed under certain conditions.