Schools remain open, most shops close, home office recommended.

24. Nov 2021 at 18:20 I Modified at at 19:15

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A two-week lockdown for everybody and a 90-day national emergency – this is the result of the November 24 cabinet session.

Schools should remain open, but schoolchildren will have to be regularly tested. Moreover, schoolchildren will be required to wear masks during classes again.

Both the lockdown and the national emergency will come into force on November 25 at midnight and will last until at least December 9.

The declaration of a national emergency enables the cabinet to impose a curfew, which will be in place between 5:00 and 1:00 the next day.

There will be certain exemptions from curfew , namely:

  • visiting a doctor and travelling to get vaccinated or a Covid-19 test;
  • the essential shopping and services (see the list below);
  • commuting to and from work (with home office recommended), employees will need confirmation from their employer;
  • travel to and from school and kindergarten;
  • care for family members or other relatives;
  • walking pets within 500m from your home, caring for farm animals;
  • being in nature within the district you live;
  • attending funerals, wedding ceremonies and christenings;
  • travel abroad and to mass events.

“If such a strict lockdown doesn’t work, it would be a world phenomenon,” PM Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) said.

The cabinet will reassess the situation after 10 days and then decide whether they will prolong the measures or lift the restrictions, but only for fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid within the past 180 days.

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