Outdoor hospitality to open in eight regions Monday

Ljubljana – Hospitality establishments in eight of Slovenia’s twelve statistical regions will be allowed to serve guests at outdoor tables from 7am to 7pm for a week starting from Monday under a government decision.

Beer gardens and restaurant and cafe terraces will be allowed to reopen in the Goriška, Gorenjska, Obalno-Kraška, Pomurska, Posavska, Podravska, Koroška and Zasavska regions between 19 and 25 April, reads a message posted on the government’s Twitter account.

“We are extending the currently valid exceptions and in eight orange regions we are opening terraces and gardens of restaurants and bars between 7am and 7pm. The hospitality industry will be able to breathe more easily and we are yet another step closer to the life as we used to know,” Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said on his Twitter profile.

Precautionary measures issued by the National Institute of Public Health will have to be observed. So far this included the wearing of masks by guests and staff except when seated at tables and weekly testing for the staff.

The government took the decision during a session at Brdo estate on Wednesday dedicated to a weekly review of coronavirus restrictions.