People with negative tests can go to hairdresser or outdoor terraces

Those with a negative test result will have to follow rules introduced on October 15.

(Source: TASR)

Negative test result will be a ticket to shops, the outdoor terraces of restaurants and cafés, and hairdresser’s at least for one week.

Starting on November 2, the curfew will be over for those with negative test results. They will have to observe rules that came into force in mid-October.

“We rely on the fact that there will be mostly uninfected people outside, and the positive ones not revealed by tests will not be so infectious, otherwise the test would catch them,” Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO) explained, as quoted by the Sme daily.

Curfew only for those without tests

The new rules will apply from November 2 to November 8 for now.

The negative test results will thus open the doors to outside terraces restaurants, bars, cafés and other similar facilities, although they still need to keep their interiors closed. Also fitness centres, wellness and water parks remain closed.

At the same time, the gatherings of more than six people are prohibited, and people have to wear masks outside. There will also be special hours for seniors.

Those who will not participate in the nationwide testing or will not have negative PCR test results from Thursday to Sunday (October 29-November 1) will have to follow the curfew restrictions.

Exemptions from the curfew for people who do not attend the test: between 1:00 and 5:00, visiting a doctor, closest shop selling foodstuffs or pharmacy, testing, taking out pets within a perimeter of 100 m from place of residence, caring for farm animals, attending the funeral of a close person, a wedding ceremony or a christening.

People with a positive test result will have to stay in home isolation (or isolation in accommodation facilities that take such people) for at least 10 days.

Shops should check the result

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By lifting the measures, the government decided “not to complicate the life of responsible people and meet the fundamental human rights of those who decided not to participate in the testing and stay at home in quarantine,” said PM Igor Matovič (OĽaNO).

It will be up to shops and the providers of services to check the negative test results of their customers before entering the building.

Recommendations for parents

Children younger than 10 years are exempt from testing.

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“I would like to ask all parents to get tested; otherwise, they will not be able to take their children to school,” Krajčí said, as quoted by Sme.

At the October 30 press conference, it was confirmed that parents cannot accompany their children to school or kindergarten if they do not get tested.

The constitutionality of this measure remains questionable as children from kindergarten through grade four are still obliged to go to school. However, parents of small children are strongly recommended to get tested.

Grades five to nine of primary schools and all secondary schools remain closed.

Borders remain open

There is no reason to close borders, said State Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Martin Klus (SaS).

“Several neighbouring countries have a better situation than Slovakia,” he said.

The frequency of random border checks may increase at the border with the Czech Republic.

Moreover, the possibility of testing incomers at the borders will be discussed only after the nationwide testing, according to some cabinet members.

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