Authorities in Slovakia will further tighten coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions from Oct. 24 due to a nationwide increase in infection rates. The nationwide state of emergency remains in place until at least Nov. 14. The following measures will be in effect:
- Nationwide, a partial daily curfew will be implemented 0500-0100. The curfew will be in place until at least Nov. 1. People may only leave their homes for essential reasons. Violators of the curfew may be fined up to EUR 1659 (USD 1967).
- In the districts of Namestovo, Tvrdosin, Dolny Kubin, and Bardejov, individuals will have to show a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no more than 24 hours prior to the start of the curfew before leaving the house, even for essential reasons. Individuals seeking medical attention are exempt from the measure. Regional authorities will perform mass testing on a voluntary basis in these districts Oct. 23-25.
- Secondary schools and primary schools from grade 5-9 will move to online classes beginning Oct. 26. Distance learning will remain in effect until at least Nov. 25.
Previously imposed restrictions that remain in place include:
- Public gatherings are limited to six people.
- Protective face coverings are mandatory in all public places, including mass transport.
- The 0900-1100 designated shopping time for individuals aged 65 and older remains in place. During the two hour window, only individuals 65 and older are permitted in shops; however, they may shop at any time.
- Swimming pools, fitness centers, and cultural performance venues, including cinemas and theaters, remain closed.
- A maximum of one person per 15 square meters (160 square feet) of space is allowed in retail stores.
Authorities continue to implement entry restrictions as of Oct. 23. Travel to and from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Canada, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Monaco, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Republic of San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, the UK, and the Vatican City remains unrestricted. Persons, including Slovak residents, traveling from elsewhere or who have visited other countries in the preceding 14 days, are required to register with authorities and self-isolate until they take a COVID-19 test. The test must not be taken until the fifth day following arrival; those testing positive are required to self-isolate until they have recovered. This requirement will not apply to people traveling from the Czech Republic to their place of work, providing it lies within 30 km (20 miles) of the nearest border crossing. Persons entering Slovakia from an EU country not included on the list of unrestricted countries may provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours upon arrival and will not need to self-isolate. Freight transporters, aircraft and train crew, and persons in transit are exempt from self-isolation.
Most domestic businesses, services, and facilities have resumed operations, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Social distancing of 2 meters (6.5 feet) must be observed where possible.
All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
Background and Analysis
Authorities could reintroduce measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to districts, neighborhoods, or even specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks.
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.
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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