Hotels allowed to reopen from Monday as government eases restrictions

Ljubljana – The government has decided to ease restrictions for hospitality establishments as hotels will be allowed to reopen in limited capacity on Monday and bars and restaurants in regions with the lowest rates of infections will be able to serve guests indoors.

In nine regions in the orange tier of restrictions hospitality establishments will be allowed to serve guests outdoors while accommodation establishments with up to 30 rooms will be open for guests with a negative coronavirus test, vaccinated guests and those with proof of a Covid infection in the last six months, according to government decrees adopted on Wednesday.

In three regions in the yellow tier – the coastal Obalno-Kraška and Goriška, and the eastern Pomurska region – guests may also be served indoors and accommodation establishments regardless of size may open, but they may only make 30 rooms available for guests.

The government decree will enter into force on Saturday but the provisions on accommodation apply from Monday, the ministry said.

With the country shifting to orange and yellow tiers, restrictions on movement between regions will be lifted as of Friday and public events for up to ten people will be allowed under strict public health conditions.

Next week all educational institutions will open, which means in-person lectures at universities and higher education institutions will be allowed again. A hybrid model is recommended, combining in-person and remote classes. Student dorms will also open.

The relaxation of restrictions follows appeals by businesses for a faster pace of reopening and comes just ahead of the week-long May Day school holiday.