Coronavirus: Cultural and sports events scrapped, tourist attractions closed

Slovakia responds with vast measures that will also affect tourists in the country.

The Bratislava zoological garden will remain closed until a further notice. The Bratislava zoological garden will remain closed until a further notice. (Source: TASR)

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of a number of public events in Bratislava and other Slovak towns.

"It is prohibited to hold any sporting, cultural and social events for the next 14 days," PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) said on March 9.

The ban valid for Slovakia comes into force on Tuesday, March 10. The Public Health Authority (ÚVZ) previously issued a recommendation for people to avoid public gatherings.

Slovakia has reported six coronavirus cases, one in eastern Slovakia, according to the latest information from the Health Ministry.

Bratislava: Events called off and institutions closed

Several boroughs of Bratislava, including Petržalka and Karlova Ves, had cancelled their public events prior to the ban. Petržalka, moreover, decided to close its libraries and swimming pool until March 16.

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