Epidemic formally over, restrictions remain

Ljubljana, 16 June - The Covid-19 epidemic, which was declared in Slovenia in October, has officially ended, but all existing restrictions remain in place and face masks remain obligatory.

People wearing masks in Ljubljana's central market.
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Although the state of the epidemic was not extended yesterday, the same rules will continue to apply for entrance into bars and restaurants, attendance of cultural and sports events and in accommodation facilities, which means guests have to be either vaccinated, tested or have proof they have recovered from Covid-19.

At events with no fixed seats, one person per 10 square metres is allowed, tables in restaurants and bars must be three metres apart and accommodation facilities and events can accept only 75% of guests.

Authorities urge people to abide the rules, act responsibly and also get vaccinated. The country currently has enough vaccine for everyone and many vaccination centres accept walk-in customers without advance booking.

Health Minister Janez Poklukar said yesterday the threat of Covid-19 was not over yet, urging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

"The epidemic has shown that vaccination is the most important health measure. Without it we cannot imagine the future," he said, describing vaccination as "a small step for the individual but a huge leap for Slovenian and European society."

Yesterday, 122 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, the lowest number since 7 October. Only four hospitals will be accepting Covid-19 patients this week, while Covid-19 patients will still be treated separately in all emergency centres around the country.

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