While the fast-spreading omicron variant has yet to fully spread across the country, Slovakia is easing restrictions on Coronaviruses after a recent decline in new infections.
In addition to the changes, the overnight curfew was canceled Monday between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. This means bars and restaurants can remain open throughout the night.
Bars, restaurants, hotels, ski resorts, religious services, and non-essential shops can only be entered by those who are fully vaccinated and have recovered from COVID-19.
The school has fully reopened at the elementary and high school levels. However, students will be required to wear face coverings. Furthermore, the government announced a partial lifting of restrictions on various public events, such as concerts and sporting events, which will allow spectators to reach up to 50% of capacity. It is possible for up to 20 people to attend high-risk events, such as weddings, parties, discos, and other gatherings. The only people eligible to apply are those who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.
Slovaks experienced an outbreak of a record number of diseases under the delta variant, but new cases have recently declined.
There have been a total of 864,000 COVID-19 cases and 16,989 deaths reported by this 5.5 million-person nation. The Slovakian vaccination rate is below the average for the EU at about 2.6 million.
According to the COVID-19 hospitalization report for Sunday, only 2,117 out of 3,600 patients were treated for COVID-19 in early December.
Slovene authorities have been anticipating the emergence of the omicron variant by the end of January. There have only been 54 confirmed cases of omicron as of Friday.