Approved measures and prevention

Strict lock-down has been reintroduced, in force since 1st January 2021.
The exceptions to the requirement to stay at home are as follows:

• Journeys to and from work, for those who are not able to work from home
• Journeys involving the least possible distance for procuring staple supplies for everyday living (purchasing or obtaining groceries, medicines or health-care items)
• Journeys to and from the post-office (including mail-order pick-up points); journeys to and from internet shop pick-up points
• Journeys to and from health-care facilities to obtain urgent care or treatment, or to undergo preventive check-ups or planned health-care interventions
• Journeys to and from COVID-19 testing centres, either permanent places for RT-PCR testing or pop-up sampling units for antigen tests certified for recognition within the European Union
• Journeys to and from funerals for close relatives, wedding or christening ceremonies
• Journeys undertaken in order to provide assistance to a close relative who is dependent on such help
• Exercising a dog or cat up to a distance of 100 metres from home, or taking a pet for urgent veterinary care
• Journeys for the purpose of travelling abroad or returning home from a foreign country
• Trips to the countryside including individual recreational sports within the same district, or within the city limits in the case of Košice residents
• Journeys undertaken by a person accompanying a child to visit his/her parents or another person with authorized access to the child
• Journeys undertaken by a person accompanying a child to and from pre-school care facilities
• Journeys to and from school or school facilities for persons entitled to attend them
• Journeys undertaken by homeless persons to access facilities offering social services and assistance.

Prevention

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based disinfectant on your hands.
• Always pay heed to hand hygiene when coughing or sneezing, caring for a sick person, or before preparing food.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your arm, not your hands!
• Avoid close contact with people who show signs of cold or flu.
• If you have symptoms of the illness, contact your general practitioner, who will determine the next treatment steps.
• Pay increased attention to disinfecting surfaces in the household.
• Avoid contact with free-living animals as well as farm animals.
• Wear a protective disposable or cloth face-mask when outside of your home.

Rules in force as of 19 December

• Wearing face-masks is again compulsory outdoors. Masks do not have to be worn outside the built-up areas of towns and villages, for example in the countryside, or if you are together with members of the same household, or if you are more than 5 metres away from other people (strangers).
• Wearing face-masks is now also compulsory for pupils in the first stage of elementary school (years 1 to 4). Wearing masks is recommended in pre-school facilities. Some pupils are exempt from mask-wearing, for example those with hearing or mental disabilities.
• Activities in school gyms and group sessions in art schools or leisure centres are temporarily cancelled. Similarly, organizing of school skiing or swimming courses, excursions or day trips and out-of-school activities is forbidden.
• All mass/public events are banned, except for weddings, christenings and funerals, with attendance restricted to one person per 15 square metres indoors. There is no restriction on numbers of attendees outdoors, but keeping two-metre distance between people is required.
• Senior citizens once again have special opening hours reserved for their shopping in grocery shops and drugstores, namely from 9 to 11 am.

Recommendations

The Central Crisis Committee and the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic recommend that citizens of Slovakia:
• keep mobility outside the home to a minimum – going to work, securing basic life needs, essential visits to medical facilities;
• prevent potential spreading of the infection, especially by not leaving children in the care of their grandparents - the course of the illness may be more complicated for them.
• It is recommended that seniors leave their home or flat only in essential cases. The state recommends that seniors request assistance from others, eliminate social contact with other people, including with family members, and that they use public transport (MHD) only if absolutely necessary.

Quarantine measures

• From 00:01 am on Monday, 21 December 2020, all persons returning to Slovakia having visited Great Britain in the previous 14 days are under obligation to stay in home isolation. This obligation can no longer be lifted through the presentation of a negative RT-PCR test certificate. Every person arriving from Great Britain must register immediately upon entry to the Slovak Republic on the web-site: https://korona.gov.sk/ehranica/ and demonstrate their fulfilment of this obligation to the police upon demand. Persons in home isolation will be tested for COVID-19 on the fifth day at the earliest after registering on the web-site. If the test result is negative, the home isolation obligation is lifted.
• For all persons entering the Slovak Republic as of 7 a.m. on 6 April 2020, quarantine in facilities designated by the state is ordered for the time necessary to conduct laboratory diagnostics for COVID-19. Upon the finding of a negative result, these individuals are ordered to go into self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days. Self-isolation is also ordered for people living in the same household.

• From 7 am on Tuesday, 2nd June, visitors coming from the Czech Republic or Hungary may stay in Slovakia for up to 48 hours, without any obligation to go into state or home quarantine or to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test, so long as they are travelling from those countries and do not have permanent or temporary residence there. They will however be required to confirm their identity with at least two different legitimate documents.
• After arriving back in this country, Slovak citizens may use the possibility of e-quarantine instead of standard quarantine in a state facility. This e-quarantine functions on the basis of a smartphone application which monitors the location of the user during the period needed to ensure that no potential spread of COVID-19 infection can occur.
• The quarantine order in state-designated facilities does not apply to: pregnant women, persons with limited orientation and mobility, persons with oncological or psychiatric illnesses or severe immune disorders, persons with special nutritional needs, persons with chronic respiratory or cardiovascular diseases, persons with metabolic disorders, persons with epilepsy, persons with mental disorders, persons with serious diseases requiring injections at regular intervals, severely health-disabled persons or those with other serious medical conditions, persons over 75 years of age, persons who enjoy diplomatic privileges and immunity in Slovakia and persons close to them and accompanying them, and unaccompanied minors. Domestic quarantine is also ordered for persons living in the same household with those listed.
• All persons who enter the Slovak Republic from 7 a.m. on 6 April 2020 are ordered to notify their health-care provider by telephone or electronically immediately upon their return to the Slovak Republic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

What hygiene requirements must newly-opened businesses introduce?

– Entry only for customers wearing a face-mask

– Provision of hand sanitizer or disposable gloves – ideally both

– The business must ensure two-metre gaps between people standing in a queue

– Only one customer may be in the place of business for each 25 square metres of space

– Operators of shops and drug stores may only allow persons over 65 years of age to enter their place of business from Monday to Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m.

– A fine of up to 20,000 euro may be levied for not respecting these measures

I need disinfectant for my company. Can you provide it to me?

The City of Košice currently does not provide disinfectants for private companies or households.

We need respirators so that we can be thoroughly protected. How can we get them?

Respirators are currently a scarce commodity. The City and the state are trying to distribute them to people who work on the front line of health care in contact with patients. The sale of respirators to the general public is prohibited. A person who wears a respirator is protecting only him or herself and not those nearby. According to the minister, those who already wear respirators will have to cover them with a protective cloth or mask