As of Monday, a three-week-long lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 starts. According to PM Eduard Heger, this is to ease the pressure on hospitals. Moreover, if the situation continues to worsen, restrictions will tighten and a lockdown for all people regardless of vaccination can be introduced. The nationwide lockdown should be discussed on Wednesday.
According to the current rules, unvaccinated people will have to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week in order to be able to enter the premises of their workplaces. At the same time, only vaccinated individuals will be allowed to attend mass events. In red districts, this is for a maximum of 200 people, in black for 50. Wedding receptions in black districts are forbidden.
Police officers along with hygienists will check whether the measures are being observed. New legislative changes enable sanctions of up to €5,000 to be imposed, and even the closure of an outlet in the case of repeated violations.
Here are some of the rules for black districts:
All people are obliged to wear respirators in interiors as well as outside in the case of contact under 2 metres. Events such as parties or family celebrations cannot take place in public venues like restaurants or hotels. Accommodation facilities, fitness, wellness centres and aqua parks should be closed. Hotels and restaurants are only allowed to serve take-away food. Taxi drivers can only take two clients.
The unvaccinated in black districts
- are allowed to go to work only if tested
- can go to events with a maximum attendance of 6 people
- are not allowed to be in shopping malls
- can go only to the shops with essential sentiment like food, hygiene or pharmacies
As of Monday, out of all the 79 districts in Slovakia, 54 are considered 'black' (a third-degree warning) according to the COVID-19 automaton. 19 districts are labelled 'dark red' (a second-degree warning) and six districts as 'red' (a first-degree warning).
The following districts are black: Bánovce nad Bebravou, Banská Bystrica, Banská Štiavnica, Bardejov, Brezno, Bytča, Čadca, Detva, Gelnica, Hlohovec, Humenné, Ilava, Kežmarok, Košice I - IV, Košice-okolie, Krupina, Kysucké Nové Mesto, Levice, Levoča, Liptovský Mikuláš, Lučenec, Martin, Medzilaborce, Michalovce, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Nové Zámky, Partizánske, Piešťany, Poltár, Poprad, Považská Bystrica, Prievidza, Púchov, Revúca, Rimavská Sobota, Senica, Snina, Sobrance, Spišská Nová Ves, Stará Ľubovňa, Stropkov, Svidník, Topoľčany, Trebišov, Turčianske Teplice, Tvrdošín, Veľký Krtíš, Vranov nad Topľou, Žarnovica, Žiar nad Hronom and Zvolen.
Bratislava I-V and Dunajská Streda districts are red. The dark red districts list includes: Dolný Kubín, Galanta, Komárno, Malacky, Myjava, Námestovo, Nitra, Pezinok, Prešov, Rožňava, Ružomberok, Sabinov, Senec, Skalica, Šala, Trenčín, Trnava, Žilina and Zlaté Moravce.
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