Recovered-vaccinated-tested rule expanded to number of activities
Ljubljana, 4 September - The recovered-vaccinated-tested rule (PCT) will be expanded to a number of activities starting from Monday under a new government regulation that comes amidst rising numbers of coronavirus infections and hospitals filling up quickly with Covid-19 patients.
The new regulation, which will come fully into effect within seven days, was presented by Health Minister Janez Poklukar on Saturday as he set out various scenarios under which the outbreak could spread, depending on the vaccination rates.
Th PCT requirement is being imposed on all those who come into contact with other persons or are involved in settings or activities where there is a direct risk of an outbreak.
The PCT rule will thus apply in healthcare, education and training, social care, in-person retail and services, cultural activities, religious education or collective exercise of religious freedom.
Apart from staff in those activities, the rule will also apply to users or customers of some of the services such as prisoners, care home residents or their visitors, athletes involved in contact sports in- and outdoors.
The rule will not apply in cases of emergency activities to provide care, public peace and order, medical assistance, rescue and disaster relief.
For those who are not vaccinated or recovered, the testing requirement will also be satisfied with rapid antigen tests or self-testing.
Face masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces as well as outdoors when it is not possible to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres.