Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials in Slovenia to tighten COVID-19-related restrictions nationwide beginning Sept. 19 following an increase in infection rates.

Alert Begins 17 Sep 2020 09:00 PM UTC
Alert Expires 07 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel, transport, and business disruptions

Summary
Beginning Sept. 19, authorities in Slovenia are tightening several coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions due to a nationwide increase in infections. Protective face coverings will be mandatory in crowded open public spaces, including city centers and markets. Protective face coverings will be also mandatory for all students 7th grade and above. Beginning Sept. 21, authorities will limit the hours of restaurants, cafes, and bars to 0600-2200. In addition, all businesses will have to measure the temperature of their employees before they enter the premises, and employees with a fever will be sent on sick leave. Authorities are recommending work from home whenever possible.

Slovenia is using a color-coded three-tier system for assigning restrictions on travel from foreign countries based on their levels of COVID-19 activity. Travelers from locations designated as "green" – or epidemiologically safe – can enter Slovenia without restrictions. Nonresident foreign nationals entering from "yellow" countries or locations that pose a moderate risk must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. The entry restrictions do not apply to Slovenian citizens or residents returning from these countries. All persons arriving from countries designated as "red" or high-risk locations must poses a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 48 hours at the time of arrival, and quarantine for 10 days on entry.

Most nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen, providing they can adhere to hygiene and social-distancing recommendations; persons from different households are required to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet). Domestic public transport operations have resumed, though the requirement for strict hygiene and social distancing means service disruptions are likely. Public gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.

Any restrictions may be extended or amended with little to no advance notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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