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Slovakia: ban on Christmas Eve celebrations and containment of the unvaccinated

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Slovakia – As announced by the Health, Minister  Vladimír Lengvarský, this Wednesday, December 8, containment will continue from this Friday, December 10 for the non-vaccinated part of the population, while the situation in terms of new cases detected following positive tests has improved slightly (7,524 new cases this Thursday, December 9 in the whole country – of which more than 70% concern unvaccinated people, specify the authorities)  on the other hand the number of patients requiring artificial ventilation has  increased.

End of containment only for those vaccinated or Covid survivors.

From this Friday December 10, sports halls (from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.), driving schools, hairdressers, barbers, manicures or pedicures (from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.), cable cars, lifts as well as non-commercial essentials are once again accessible, but only for people who have been vaccinated or who show a proof of remission from Covid. Within  the next two weeks, from December 25, hotels and similar services will only be accessible to people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid.

In addition, they must be able to present a negative  Covid test, moreover these establishments’ total available capacity must be reduced to 75% and restaurant rooms must not accommodate more than one person per 25 m² and a maximum full capacity of 30 clients.

No New Years Eve outside the usual homestead.

In addition, the wearing of a mask like hand disinfection will be compulsory upon entrance in closed places (stores etc.), alongside the maintenance of a space of 2 m minimum distance between individuals with, again, a maximum  of one person for 25 m². Taxis will only carry a maximum of two customers and will need to be disinfected with a virucidal cleaning product after each ride. In ski resorts, in particular, cable cars and ski lifts will also only be accessible to the vaccinated or upon proof Covid recovery. Cable cars will see their capacity reduced to 25%. Finally, it will be forbidden to invite friends and relatives or to visit them for Christmas or The New Year …