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.

Regulations

• Obligation to wear a face-mask indoors everywhere outside of your home.
• Maintain a two-metre gap when standing in queues (outside and inside).
• Special opening hours are reserved for seniors over 65 in shops, from 9 to 11 a.m. (CANCELLED BY 3.6.)
• Prohibition of the sale of respirators to the general public, since they may be dangerous due to the lack of an exhalation valve.
• All schools and universities must cancel classes. State exams may only take place under strict hygiene and safety conditions.
• The organizing of collective events, such as concerts and religious services, is prohibited
•Edges of tables in restaurants, cafes and bars will have to be at least two metres away from each other, and two people at most (or parents with their children) may sit at each table. Touched surfaces on terraces and in toilets must be disinfected every hour by staff.
•Religious services and masses will take place with counter-epidemic measures still maintained, especially: a limited number of people in each church, sitting in alternate pews, two metres apart, the host taken in the hand, not the mouth.
•Trying on new clothes in shops is permitted, but hand disinfection will be required. Clothes which have been tried on but not purchased must be set aside for 24 hours.

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.
•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.

STARTING ON 30 MARCH THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN:

The state is introducing a limit on the number of customers in a store: at any one time there can only be one customer per 25 square metres of sales area in the store. Shops must have mandatory hand disinfection or disposable gloves available upon entry, and customers are under obligation to wear a face-mask. They must also ensure a minimum spacing of at least two metres for standing in queues. All stores will be closed on Sundays as a sanitary day and for the staff to get rest, with the exception of emergency pharmacies and veterinary clinics. The ban on business operations does not apply to municipal services and disinfection services and pest control.

Cinemas

Theaters

Shopping centres

Swimming pools

Outdoor sports grounds

Summer terraces

Barbers, hair salons, cosmetic salons

Outdoor turistic atrractions

Taxis

Worship masses

Gardening centres and sale of gardening equipment

Ophthalmologists

Vehicle technical inspection and emission control services

Leasing services

Sales and service of bicycles

Notaries and attorneys

Builders' yards

Haberdashery and fabric shops

Paints and coatings stores

Plumbing and electronics stores

Hardware stores

Scrap yards

Computer and telecommunications services

Key and locksmith services

Newsagents' shops and kiosks

E-shop collection points

Filling stations

Mobile operator services

Banks

Market-places

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