The designated operator of Slovakia, Slovenská pošta, would like to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, owing to the growing numbers of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's government and public health authorities have declared a partial lockdown across the whole country, which will come into effect on 24 October 2020 and last for at least three weeks.
During the lockdown, postal services will continue to function with restrictions, reduced working hours in post offices, and reduction of the workforce to minimize contacts between people. Items normally requiring the addressee's signature upon delivery will be handed over without signature.
These measures will affect the processing and delivery of all types of services, including outbound and inbound letter post, parcel post and EMS, with an impact on quality of service. The restrictions set out in previous EmIS messages regarding service standards and application of force majeure remain in place.
The authorities will reassess the situation in due course and decide on the possible extension of the partial lockdown, including possible closing of borders. Slovenská pošta will update member countries and designated operators via EmIS.
Slovenská pošta thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding.
20 October, 2020