Slovakia today relaxed its shopping malls and returned to hair salons and libraries for the first time in months as part of alleviating the epidemiological restrictions of limited capacity.
In this country where 5.5 million people have emerged from the worst epidemic, churches, libraries, swimming pools, zoos and some shops have opened, and the authorities are working to speed up the vaccination program.
The first client of hairdresser Ljubica Themel since December arrived at 8am. This makes satisfied customers feel relieved and excited.
She said: “Customers have been calling every day since December.”
She added: “We can finally do what we like. It’s a great feeling. Of course, social connections are priceless.”
The hotel also opened its doors to a few people, but indoor restaurants are still banned.
It is now allowed to leave the municipality, that is, to travel within the country.
The average number of infections in seven days was less than 1,000, and the number of hospitalizations dropped from a peak of 3,800 in early March to 1978.
Entering shops and churches requires a negative test for covid-19, and the government urges residents to remain vigilant.
Despite the above restrictions, there was a long queue in front of the local shopping mall before it opened.
“I’ll buy clothes for my children,” Monica said.
She added: “It is not always possible to get the right size and quality through the Internet. This is what everyone is waiting for, especially moms.”