Increasing cases with COVID / Kosovo adds restrictive measures, here are the rules for premises and masks
Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Kosovo, driven by the "delta" variant, the government in Pristina has imposed a series of restrictive measures to prevent further spread.
The Ministry of Health has announced that all nightclubs will be closed and events such as weddings and engagements will be banned. In public transport, wearing a mask will again become mandatory, while public spaces such as theaters, libraries, orchestras, galleries, ensembles, ballet, cinemas, youth centers, museums, cultural centers with groups or other similar subordinate institutions of MCYS or Municipalities, are allowed to work using 50% of the space / surfaces of the respective facilities for all activities.
Decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo:
. [Territorial application]
1. This decision applies to the entire territory of the Republic of Kosovo.
B. [Entrances and exits of foreign citizens from the Republic of Kosovo]
2. All citizens who enter the Republic of Kosovo, including those with temporary or permanent residence permits in Kosovo and who come from high-risk countries according to the official list of the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo (NIPHK) , must have a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done in the last 72 hours.
3. The following are excluded from point 2.:
3.1. Citizens who enter Kosovo through the airport or land border points and leave Kosovo within three (3) hours, through the airport or land border points, provided that at the entrance I sign the statement that he will leave Kosovo within three (3) hours;
3.2. Citizens who work as professional transporters (drivers), provided that they comply with the protocol for international transport for protection against COVID-19;
3.3. Citizens who pass through Kosovo through organized transport by bus or regular international line, transit, provided that a declaration is signed that they will leave the territory of Kosovo within five (5) hours;
3.4. Foreign diplomats accredited in Kosovo, as well as their families;
3.5. Persons holding a full vaccination certificate against COVID-19;
3.6. Person with a positive serological antibody test result - IgG, issued no later than thirty (30) days before arrival.
3.7. Children under the age of eleven (11) years.
C. [Protection and safety at work]
4. Pregnant women are released from the obligation to physically report for work. Public or private employers are instructed to enable you to work from home, as far as applicable.
Ç. [General protection and hygiene measures]
5. Public and private institutions, as well as other entities, are obliged to keep disinfectants for hands and masks in accessible places, at the entrance of the building as well as inside.
6. Public and private institutions, as well as other entities, are obliged to place visible signs of the rules of conduct for protection from COVID-19 at the entrance of each building, including the sign prohibiting entry to the building without masks, as well as respecting of distance.
7. The heads of public and private institutions and other entities are obliged to carry out disinfection and ventilation of closed spaces.
8. It is forbidden to enter the closed premises without a mask.
9. Wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth is mandatory in all cases, except:
9.1. When walking outdoors, only;
9.2. While driving the vehicle, alone, or in groups with no more than four (4) persons;
9.3. During running, cycling and exercise;
9.4. While eating or drinking.
All public and private institutions are obliged to appoint an employee to monitor the implementation of the measure set out in point 8.
Public and private institutions of all levels of education continue teaching according to the relevant guidelines for the education sector.
All public and private institutions of all levels of education are prohibited from organizing excursions and group walks.
Dh. [Application for social and pension schemes]
The Ministry of Finance, Labor and Transfers is instructed to release all beneficiaries of social and pension schemes, which are managed by the MFPT, from regular submission to the relevant offices for recording purposes, as required by the relevant laws.
[Restriction of public and private meetings]
Indoor gatherings are allowed (meetings, seminars, trainings), provided that 30% of the space capacity is used. The organizer is obliged to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 meter between persons, according to the evidence set out in point 17 of this Decision.
Outdoor gatherings, social gatherings (festivals, concerts, etc.) are allowed, provided that 50% of the space capacity is used, according to the evidence defined in point 17 of this Decision.
[Nightclubs and parties]
From August 20, 2021 to September 1, 2021, the activity of night clubs, weddings, engagements, family parties and prom nights is prohibited, throughout the territory of the Republic of Kosovo.
[Entry, use and organization of certain activities]
From August 20, 2021 to September 1, 2021, entry to the premises where gatherings, gatherings (festivals, concerts) sports and cultural activities which have a capacity of over 100 people, as well as the organization of these activities, is allowed only if customers / participants possess one of the following testimonies:
17.1 Vaccination certificate for complete vaccination or receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine;
17.2 RT-PCR negative test for COVID-19, not older than 72 hours;
17.3 Evidence that the person has passed COVID-19 (positive RT-PCR test issued not less than 21 days and not more than 180 days or positive result of serological antibody test - IgG, issued no more than 30 days ago;
17.4 Rapid negative antigen test not older than 48 hours.
From 20 August 2021 to 01 September 2021, one of the evidences mentioned in point 17 must be possessed by all employees within the businesses / activities mentioned in point 17, who are in direct contact with customers.
The responsible persons of the businesses / activities mentioned in point 17, are obliged to appoint a person who will check the possession of at least one of the evidences according to point 17.
Persons under the age of 16 are not obliged to possess any of the evidence mentioned under point 17.
Gastronomy services including restaurants and similar hotel facilities are allowed to work until 22:30 and conduct their activity in accordance with the relevant guide. Up to 50% of the space capacity is allowed in closed spaces. In open spaces it is allowed to use up to 70% of the space capacity. The area is calculated for the area where food and drinks are served.
Premises managers must ensure that the distance between customers at different tables is at least one (1) meter.
The back of one chair should be at least one (1) meter away from the back of the other chair.
Indoors up to 4 people are allowed at the table. In case the tables are bigger than two (2) meters, then the precondition is to use the space respecting the limit of five (5) people per 10 m2.
Indoor food and beverage service is only allowed for guests who are sitting or standing at a table or counter.
Outdoor spaces up to six (6) persons are allowed at the table, counter or standing tables.
Each table should be equipped with disinfectants containing at least 60-70% alcohol.
Guidelines should be placed in the outdoor areas of the premises regarding informing the clients about the protocol of measures against COVID-19.
[Shopping malls and other economic operators]
The activity of shopping centers is allowed in accordance with point 8 of this Decision and according to the relevant instruction.
All operators, who for economic activity have wholesale and retail trade, are obliged to determine the maximum number of customers in the premises at the same time according to the rule - 1 person per 8 m2. These operators are obliged to mark at the entrance the maximum number of allowed customers at the same time. The area is calculated for the area where customers are allowed to stay.
[Working in pairs]
The responsible person of the public or private institution and of the economic operators, is obliged to stop lining up or gathering inside and outside the work / business environment, unless there is a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters from other groups of persons.
It is forbidden to enter public transport vehicles without a mask.
Road passenger transport operators are allowed to work, utilizing the full capacity of the seats, provided that staff and passengers wear the mask at all times. Transport operators cannot have more passengers on the bus than they own seats.
Up to two (2) passengers are allowed to travel in a taxi.
[Theaters, libraries, etc.]
Theaters, libraries, orchestras, galleries, ensembles, ballet, cinemas, youth centers, museums, cultural centers with groups or other similar institutions subordinated to the MCYS or Municipalities, are allowed to work using 50% of the space / areas of relevant facilities for all activities (both during performances and exercises), in accordance with point 8 and according to the evidence set out in point 17 of this Decision.
[Sports and recreation]
It is allowed to organize sports competitions and trainings regarding the protocols and recommendations of world organizations for organizing sports events and the protective measures of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo.
In indoor racing activities, the presence of spectators is allowed up to 15% of the capacity of the sports facility or space (sports halls, swimming pools, other indoor spaces) respecting the distance measure of 1.5 meters and other protective measures, in accordance with point 8 and according to the evidence defined in point 17 of this Decision.
In outdoor racing activities, the presence of spectators is allowed up to 30% of the capacity of the facility, or sports space (stadium, swimming pools, other outdoor spaces), respecting the distance of 1.5 meters and other protective measures, in accordance with point 8 and according to the evidence defined in point 17 of this Decision and the respective instructions.
The organizers of the competition are obliged to take specific measures, in accordance with international protocols, for the management of the crowd (fans) before, during and after entering the sports space.
The use of gyms, gyms and the like for individual recreational activities is allowed, according to the evidence defined in point 17 of this Decision and the respective instructions.
The use of gyms, gyms and the like is done in the proportion of 1 client in 8m2, according to the evidence defined in point 17 of this Decision and the respective guidelines.
It is obligatory to place information signs and disinfectants (or other means for cleaning), in each fitness device for the purpose of awareness and disinfection of them by each client after use.
Ll. [Guides and explanations]
The Ministry of Health is obliged to issue temporary, general and special guidelines for the prevention and control of COVID-19, as follows:
43.1. Provisional Guidelines for the Application of General Measures to Prevent and Combate COVID-19;
43.2 Interim Guide for the Personal Services and Business Sector, Industry, Public Administration and NGOs;
43.3 Temporary Guide for educational institutions of all levels;
43.4 Temporary Guide for gastronomy, hotels, sales sector and shopping malls;
43.5 Temporary Guide to Religious Gatherings, Burials, Workshops and Cultural Activities,
43.6 Temporary Guide to Fitness, Gym and Other Recreational and Sports Activities;
43.7 Provisional Guide to Public Transport;
43.8 Temporary Guide for Health Care Institutions;
43.9 Provisional Guidelines for Civil Aviation;
43.10 Temporary Guide for Correctional Institutions, Asylum and Detention Centers for Foreigners;
The guidelines from point 43 are mandatory for all persons and sectors to which they apply.
The Ministry of Health is obliged to issue clarifications on the points of this decision in case of need.
The Ministry of Health, FVA and Kosovo Police in cooperation with the emergency headquarters of the municipalities are obliged to supervise the implementation of this decision and submit to the Office of the Prime Minister a weekly report (every Friday until 1:00).
The Ministry of Health, HUCSK and NIPHK are obliged to submit to the Office of the Prime Minister the weekly report (every Friday until 16:00), on the implementation of measures, the situation in health institutions, the epidemiological situation and forecasts for the next two weeks.
The Ministry of Health is obliged that, based on Law no. 07 / L-006 on Prevention and Combating Pandemic COVID-19, in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo to issue operational decisions, depending on the epidemiological situation and the recommendations of the NIPHK.
The Kosovo Police and the responsible inspectorates are obliged to supervise the implementation of measures, other decisions and relevant guidelines in implementation of Law no. 07 / L-006 on Pandemic Prevention and Control in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo.
For violators of the measures, the competent bodies are obliged to impose punitive measures according to Law no. 07 / L-006 on Prevention and Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo and other applicable laws.
The only authority that can provide an opinion on this decision is the Ministry of Health, while any other institution can provide clarifications on the respective categories to which this decision applies, only after the approval of that clarification by the Ministry of Health.
[Repeal of decision no. 01/25]
Government Decision no. 01/25 dated 12.08.2021.
Nj. [Entry into force]
The decision enters into force on the day of publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Kosovo and is valid until 01.09.2021.