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In this alert we provide you with an overview of the current situation in Slovakia as of 23 March 2020, as well as with answers to the most frequent questions that employers ask in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Q: What is the current situation in Slovakia?

On 11 March 2020, the government of the Slovak Republic declared a state of emergency in the territory of the Slovak Republic.

The most important adopted measures, effective as of 7 a.m. on 13 March 2020, were:

Closure of schools: All schools – kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and universities were closed as of Monday 16 March 2020 for at least 14 days.

Introducing border controls, restricted entry: People without a permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia, who are not able to present a confirmation of employment in Slovakia, are not allowed to enter Slovakia.

Mandatory quarantine at home: All people coming from abroad will have a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Closure of stores and service providers: With effect from 16 March 2020, as of 6:00 am, stores and all service providers were closed, with the exception of:

  • grocery stores,
  • pharmacies and dispensaries of medicinal devices,
  • drugstores,
  • petrol stations,
  • newspaper and print kiosks,
  • shops with foodstuffs for animals, and veterinary practices,
  • outlets for telecommunications operators,
  • public catering operations and fast food establishments,
  • post, bank and insurance offices,
  • e-shop and home delivery services,
  • cleaning and laundry services,
  • auto repair services, towing services,
  • taxi services for providing only transport of goods or deliveries (no passengers transportation is allowed),
  • funeral services, cemetery services and crematoriums.



Martin Hrodek is the managing partner of the Firm’s Prague office, where he also heads the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He is consistently ranked as a leading dispute lawyer in the Czech Republic by Chambers & Partners. In addition to his practice, Mr. Hrodek authored a section on Czech merger control regulations in The Global Merger Notification Handbook and has published several articles on the rights of minority shareholders and dispute resolution in major Czech periodicals, including Hosdoparske noviny and Ekonom.


Zuzana Ferianc practices mainly in the areas of employment and labor law, restructuring and corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions. She earned her Master’s Degree in Commercial Law at the Economics University in 2002, and her Master’s Degree in Law at the Law Faculty of Charles University in 2004.


Kristína Bartošková heads the Firm’s International Commercial & Trade Department in Prague, focusing on trade and commercial law matters. She advises clients in relation to a range of trade and commercial law issues, litigation and arbitration, as well as regulatory proceedings.