May 28 – 30
Ljubljana Open Curling Tournament. Fourth time.
Dear curling friends,
after a long pause and a series of cancelled events, it is our great pleasure to invite you all to the spring edition of the curling bonspiel Ljubljana Open 2021. Yes, you’ve read it correctly, the event will take place from 28 to 30 May 2021 in Ljubljana and we welcome teams from all over the world.
We are all extremely excited to wipe off the dust from our curling shoes and warm up our brooms. But the safety and health of all curlers, volunteers and involved individuals are our absolute priority.
After first round ranking will be made inside original groups. After second round groups will be put together and overall ranking will be made. If two teams would play against each other a second time we will swap the games. Top 10 teams after 4th round will qualify to the extra (5th) round. Ranking is made from points first, ends second and stones last. After 95 minutes of play there will be a sound signal. After the signal teams will finish current end and play one more end.
What will be the health and safety protocols on and off the ice?
The tournament will be organized under the national restrictions and rules of the Government, the guidelines of the National Health Institute and the official health protocol of the Slovenian curling association. In general, this means obligatory masks in all indoor spaces (but not on the ice while playing); no handshakes; special attention to hygiene and obligatory hand disinfecting; maintaining the social distance of 1,5 meters at all times and restricted indoors and outdoors gatherings.
Furthermore, all individuals participating in the event will undergo a free rapid test, provided at the spot by the organizer before the event. A negative test is a requirement by our national restrictions to participate in the event. There is an exception to this rule for everyone that has already been vaccinated or has recovered from the Covid-19 no later than 6 months ago, please contact us for further information on these exceptions.
Some specifics of the event still depend on the governmental measures in place at the time of the event. If the epidemiological situation and restrictions allow us, we will try to organize safe outdoors social events during the tournament, but no indoor banquet will be organized. All current restrictions regarding the pandemic can also be found here: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/measures-to-contain-the-spread- of-covid-19-infections/
Can I even come to Slovenia? What are the current travel restrictions?
In general, the following rule applies currently:
Anyone can enter Slovenia regardless of the reason. Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:
1. a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that is not older than 48 hours according to the date of the swab taken if it was carried out in an EU Member State, a Schengen Area Member State, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
2. a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor assesses otherwise, but which is not older than six months, or a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 if not more than six months have elapsed since the beginning of symptoms, or
3. a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, which proves that:
– at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine by BioNTech/Pfizer,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna,
– at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 vaccine) by AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have passed since the dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen by Johnson &Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
– at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Covishield vaccine by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, or
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sinopharm.
If an individual does not provide any of the following certificates, they will be issued a 10- day quarantine upon crossing the border. However, as things may change fast, we advise you to consult the official information on the border crossing restrictions before travelling. They can be found here: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/
Is this even fun?
Of course. Regardless of the restrictions, we still guarantee you to play minimum of five games on the top-quality ice in the summer atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The surroundings of the hall offer enough outside spaces for safe gatherings respecting the social distancing rules. Slovenian food is still delicious, we have not run out of beer and wine and people are still as friendly as they were.
Ledena Dvorana Zalog was built in 2007 by the municipality and is the second largest ice hockey hall in Ljubljana. It is the home of 3 curling clubs from Ljubljana – Curling klub Ljubljana, Curling klub Olimpija and Curling klub Zalog. In the hall there is also a bar that offers cold and warm drinks and a small selection of snacks.
Both residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made to the measure of man. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during summer its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Due to its geographical position, Ljubljana is a perfect base for exploring the many faces and beauties of Slovenia.
The Ljubljana dragon is by far the most recognisable symbol of our capital city. From the Baroque era onwards, the dragon is a part of the city emblem. The dragon symbolizes courage, grandeur and power. It appears on car registration plates and buildings and it stands majestically on the Dragon Bridge. It is also present in various heraldic signs. The city flag brandishes the dragon as well. To fully understand its role in the city symbolism we must know the legend of the Ljubljana dragon and its origin.