Non-essential stores should operate in 'basic' mode, i.e. with non-vaccinated people allowed to enter, the Government recommended to Slovakia's Chief Hygienist Jan Mikas at its online meeting on Thursday. Non-essential stores are currently in the OP mode available to vaccinated and those who recovered from COVID-19. The Government also updated the document with measures against the omicron variant to reflect the current measures in force. It adjusted the arrangements at work or the validity of certificates after recovering from COVID-19 to 180 days. It also approved the recommendation that employers use home office as much as possible. According to Health Ministry spokesperson Zuzana Eliasova, the Government considers such changes to be an acceptable risk, given the current development of the omicron wave.