The government is introducing new measures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. From Saturday onwards, shopping centres will be closed, and kindergartens will be closed on Monday. With regard to public transport, only a third of the buses will be running.*
»This week will be extremely important to curb the spread of the epidemic,« said Prime Minister Janez Janša at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
Dormitories will also be closed, except for those pupils or students who have no other accommodation options.
Kindergartens will also close next week, with the exception of for those children whose parents work and are unable to provide childcare.
As of today, the entire area of Slovenia is red. Movement between regions is prohibited, but movement between municipalities is still allowed.
The decrees, which take effect on Saturday, will be last for a week. The government will decide at a session next Thursday how to proceed.
It will not be known until the end of next week how schooling will take place after the holidays.
The number of people infected with the new coronavirus is still growing, and more and more people suffering from covid-19 need hospital care. More and more health workers are also infected – more than a hundred in the University Medical Center Ljubljana alone. According to experts, between 15,000 and 20,000 people are actively infected.
On Sunday evening the prime minister announced that movement between municipalities is also prohibited since Tuesday. There will be some exceptions to this decision – the same as in spring.
*The original version of this article was published on October 22nd.