Slovenia: Wearing masks again!

As of today, it is mandatory to wear a mask or scarf or shawl in all enclosed public spaces. Hand disinfection is also mandatory. Passengers in public transport must wear a protective mask and disinfect their hands when entering and during transport.

At a press conference, Minister Tomaž Gantar presented a government decree on the mandatory use of a protective mask or other form of protection of the oral and nasal areas of the face in a closed public space, which also includes public passenger transport and mandatory hand disinfection. The decree enters into force on 25 June 2020.

In order to reduce the risk of infection and the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus, in accordance with all instructions and hygiene recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health published on the website of the National Institute of Public Health, use of a protective mask or other form of protection of the oral and nasal areas of the face (scarf, shawl or similar form of protection covering the nose and mouth) and disinfection of hands.

We will consider the decision every 14 days according to the epidemiological situation in our country. We are monitoring the epidemiological picture in Slovenia and around the world, on the basis of which we will also decide on the adoption of additional measures and possible changes to the regime at the border for entry into Slovenia. It should also be noted that the transition of a country from the so-called green list to the red list does not happen overnight, but the epidemiological picture in each country can change quickly, therefore, Slovenian citizens abroad must closely monitor developments.

In recent days, around 2.700 quarantine measures have been imposed on the basis of new conditions for crossing the border.

As this is a large number, additional measures are also being considered, such as the use of a voluntary application to monitor contacts on a voluntary basis, in order to avoid further aggravation of measures.

Minister Tomaž Gantar said: “We are monitoring applications that would be acceptable to us and are on a voluntary basis. We consider those used in Italy to be suitable, perhaps even more so in Germany. ” The mobile app would alert those who would install it on their smartphone if they were in contact with an infected person. The data in the application is anonymized, which ensures adequate security, and its use makes sense, especially if it is installed by a large number of citizens. Once the final form of the application is known, it will also be necessary to promote and present a position regarding the protection of personal data. The application could facilitate quarantine control by imposing the use of the application on those who have been quarantined but are still being discussed.

Quarantine control could be facilitated by a special mobile application. As Gantar said, they are thinking in the direction of ordering the people who have been ordered to quarantine to use the app as well. "We will talk about it," he said.

In addition to the legal basis for the introduction of these applications, the amendment to the third anti-crown package also seeks to simplify the procedure for service of quarantine decisions via e-mail and no longer personal service.

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