Approved measures and prevention

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.

What are you allowed to do if you have a negative test result?

• You can move freely around the built-up parts of towns and villages. You must wear a face-mask outdoors as well as inside commercial premises.
• Gatherings of more than six people are still prohibited.
• You can visit pubs and restaurants, but only sit outside if they have a terrace or garden. No more than six people may sit at any one table. Keep your face-mask on unless you are eating or drinking.
• You can visit all types of shops and malls, as well as hairdressers and cosmetic salons.
• You must take the certificate confirming your negative test result with you everywhere outside of your house or flat.

What are you obliged to do if you have a positive test result?

• Anybody with a positive test result must immediately go into quarantine and stay there at least until 9th November. You can stay at home in quarantine, otherwise there are hotels offering quarantine stays.
• You must contact your GP.
• You must inform all people you are in close contact with.
• With a positive test result you can claim sick-leave due to the pandemic.

New rules in force as of 15 October

• 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.
• From Monday 12 October secondary schools revert to distance learning/online teaching until further notice. Pre-school facilities, elementary schools and years 1 to 4 of eight-year grammar schools continue with their normal classroom teaching system.
• 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.
• The number of customers inside commercial premises is limited to one person per 15 square metres of floor space.
• Public catering facilities (restaurants, bars and pubs, cafés and the like) are only permitted to serve food and drinks outdoors (e.g. on a terrace), or to provide customers with packaged, take-away meals.
• 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

• 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 rules must bars, cafes and restaurants keep?

While bars, cafes and restaurants may now be open, they must respect several hygiene measures. They must ensure that tables are placed at least two metres apart, serving staff must wear face-masks, and closing-time must be 10 pm.

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