State of emergency might end Sunday

Coronavirus

State of emergency might end Sunday

10. 06. 2020 12:07

If the situation is stable come this weekend, the current state of emergency in Slovakia will not be prolonged, said Prime Minister Igor Matovic at Tuesday's press conference. The state of emergency is due to end automatically on June 14, ninety days after its declaration.

As of Wednesday Slovakia's residents are allowed to travel freely to a further 16 European countries, namely to Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. New rules on entering Slovakia  came into force. Also as of Wednesday, the rules for indoor-based services and restaurants became recommendations. A limit of 10 square meters per customer within establishments with a two-meter distance between customers, or, in the case of eating establishments, a two-meter distance between table edges, is no longer mandatory. From Wednesday, kids-corners in shopping malls and nightclubs are also allowed to open. Shops, however, remain closed on Sundays.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors, but in the case of a closed team at the workplace, if people keep a two-meter distance, they will only be recommended. In shops or on public transport, the obligation to wear a face mask remains in place.

In the final week of June, secondary-school students, as well as pupils attending the sixth to ninth grades of primary school, will be able to return to school. From June 15, coronavirus restrictions on the number of children in each class for the first five grades of primary school and kindergarten will be lifted.

"We will closely monitor the situation so that we can react quickly and effectively if necessary," said Chief Hygienist Jan Mikas.

Martina Šimkovičová, Photo: TASR

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