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Slovakia entering lockdown as of November 25 + Manual for Employers

Following the official declaration of the Government of the Slovak Republic on 24 November 2021, a two-week lockdown for all citizens (including curfew) and a 90-day national emergency have entered into force on November 25 at midnight and will last at least until December 9

Exception from curfew include:

  • visiting a doctor;
  • travelling to get vaccinated or a Covid-19 test (between 5:00 AM and 8:00 PM);
  • the essential shopping and services - opening hours limited between 5:00 AM and 8:00 PM;
  • commuting to and from work (with home office recommended), employees will need confirmation from their employer;
  • travel to and from school and kindergarten (between 5:00 AM and 8:00 PM);
  • care for family members or other relatives;
  • walking pets within 500 meters from your home, caring for farm animals;
  • being in nature within the district you live;
  • attending funerals, wedding ceremonies and christenings (between 5:00 AM and 8:00 PM);
  • travel abroad.

The Government of the Slovak Republic 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. At the same time, the new rules for entering a workplace, which counts on employees having either confirmation of vaccination, recovery from Covid, or a negative test result, should be applied as of 29 November 2021 until the end of the year.

Those not fully vaccinated against Covid or those who recovered from the disease more than 180 days ago will have to present a negative antigen self-test that cannot be older than seven days. Employers will have to purchase these tests, but the state promises to repay them in January 2022. The price of one antigen self-test should not exceed €5 with VAT.

Portions of the text originally published by the Slovak Spectator on 24 November, 2021. Please find more updates and news in English language and the official declaration 695/2021 of the Slovak government imposing the lockdown (in Slovak language).

Manual for Employers regarding testing of employees as of 29 November 2021: