Ljubljana – The government eased several coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, including increasing the cap on gatherings to 50, and easing restrictions on hospitality, tourism, sports, culture and education. It also extended the state of Covid-19 epidemic by another 30 days starting on 17 May.
The cap on organised public events and public gatherings in- and outdoors will be raised from 10 to 50 starting on 15 May.
Exceptionally, more than 50 participants will be allowed under conditions prescribed by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and on its prior approval.
Moreover, several decrees have been changed to allow cultural, sports and other events to reopen to 50% sitting capacity for visitors that have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid-19.
The 50% capacity limit will also apply to cinemas and churches, Interior Minister Aleš Hojs has told the STA.
A further easing is that it will be made possible again to interrupt the quarantine imposed on entry into country after five days with a negative PCR test.
Meanwhile, the allowed opening hours for hospitality establishments are being extended to between 5am and 10pm, from 7am-7pm in force now.
While indoor tables will still need to be three metres apart, the distance between people seated at the same table is no longer prescribed, the Economy Ministry said on its Twitter profile.
Moreover, the four-per-table rule will no longer apply to families with children up to the age of 18.
The one-customer-per-20-sq-metres rule will no longer apply to children up to the age of 18 when accompanied by a parent or carer or for persons that need to be accompanied.
Campsites will be allowed to open up to 70% of available units, up from 30 units currently.
Casinos and gaming parlours are also being allowed to reopen between 5am and 10pm for visitors who can produce a proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery from Covid-19. Gaming parlours can be open to up to 50% capacity.
Easing will also benefit education, as secondary schools will be allowed to reopen next week for all pupils, who will no longer need to alternate between in-person and remote schooling.
Moreover, university students will be able to attend lectures in person from Monday, the Education Ministry has announced.
Face masks remain mandatory except for physical education classes. So remains weekly testing in force for staff, except for those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.
The relaxation comes after Slovenia entered yellow tier of infections as Covid-19 hospitalisations fell below 500 and the 7-day average of new infections below 600.
However, the government extended the Covid-19 epidemic for another 30 days after 17 May as all the country’s statistical regions continue to have incidence of cases above the prescribed threshold for the epidemic.
The government declared the epidemic for a second time on 19 October and has been extending it since by 30 days each time. It the first wave the epidemic was in force for 80 days, from 12 March to 31 May.
The conditions for the epidemic include the 14-day cumulative incidence per 100,000 residents above 104. It is currently at 423, according to data from the National Institute of Public Health.
Covid-19 hospitalisations and intensive care cases are also above the thresholds of 250 and 50, at 463 and 127, respectively.