The latest COVID-19 related news
25th May 2020
- From May 25, people do not have to wear the face masks outside, however, they still need to put them on in the public transport, shops and other places where they cannot be at least two meters away from other people who do not live in the same household with them. There are exceptions for example for children in kindergartens, students in school, people working in hot environment and people working in offices.
- Indoor areas of restaurants, cafes and pubs reopen as well as food facilities in the shopping malls. They have to close at 11 pm the latest and cannot reopen until 6 am. The restaurant’s staff is responsible for sufficient safety rules. Contactless payment is recommended.
- Theatres, castles and other cultural facilities can also open, the events can be held for up to 300 people.
- What else reopens: hotels, campsites, pools, aquaparks, saunas, tattoo salons, beauty salons, inside areas of zoos and botanical gardens.
19th May 2020
- The state of emergency ended on May 18.
- Face masks in an office is no longer mandatory, however office workers will need to keep a two-meter distance from their co-workers.
- Many of the Czech anti-COVID-19 restrictions, including wearing face masks in public, will stay in force until May 25.
11th May 2020
- The Czech government has decided to end the mandatory requirement to wear a face mask in outdoor public spaces on May 25. Face masks will still be required in indoor areas where people congregate, which includes public transportation vehicles,
shops and malls, cinemas, theaters, and other places.
- Additionally, social distancing measures will remain in effect, requiring anyone not from the same household to keep two meters distance while outdoors. Face masks will still be required for outdoor events and gatherings where people from
different households are closer than two meters apart.
- As of Tuesday 12 May, persons during entrance exams for high schools and universities or during daily classes at one-year foreign language courses or when providing counselling services will not have to wear protective masks. The exception
applies only if the distance between attendants is at least 1.5 meters and with the maximum number of 15 persons in one room.
- An accelerated plan to relax restrictions on businesses and other activities is valid:
as of 11 May – shops in shopping centres, business premises over 2,500 m2, beauty services, museums, galleries, outdoor premises of castles and chateaus, outdoor training activities for professional athletes without public access, all theatres, cinemas and circuses may now be opened (max 100 persons); restaurants can open their gardens while serving food there;
as of 25 May – restaurants, accommodation services, taxi services, tattoo salons, theatres, cultural and sporting events, weddings, indoor expositions of zoological gardens.
- According to the Czech government, as of Monday 11 May, cross-border public transportation is allowed again with the exception of air traffic which still remains limited. The rules for the entry of foreigners into the Czech Republic
will be relaxed. Seasonal employees or holders of long-term visas will now be able to entry the Czech Republic. Each person will have to submit a negative test for COVID-19 upon arrival.
28th April 2020
- The Czech government agreed on the prolongation of the State of emergency until May 17.
24th April 2020
- Updates on the free movement as of April 24, 2020
- Groups of a maximum 10 people can gather in the public areas
- Groups of maximum 10 people can gather for sports outdoors and in the nature
- Groups of maximum 10 professional athletes are allowed to train without face masks
- Weddings can be attended by maximum of 10 people
- Travelling: Citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners with permission to enter the Czech Republic have two options for arrival into the Czech Republic: present a negative coronavirus test upon the return or be subject to two-week
quarantine. The test must not be older than four days. Commuters will be able to cross the borders every day, however, they have to submit a negative test for COVID-19 every 14 days.
- According to the Minister of Health, the Czech Republic has managed to stop the uncontrolled spread of the COVID-19. The situation is developing very well and we can prepare for a return to normal lives in the upcoming weeks.
- The government also speeds up its plan to ease the COVID-19 preventative measures by two weeks. Most businesses and restaurants will be opened by May 25. From Monday, April 27, shops smaller than 2500 m2 will be able to open, as well as fitness
centres, libraries and outdoor zoos exhibits.
- Stores up to 2,500 m2 (except those in the shopping centres)
- Driving schools
- Gyms and fitness centres (the customers will not be allowed to use their changing rooms and showers)
- Zoos (outdoor areas only)
- Outdoor areas of cafes, pubs and restaurants
- Beauty salons
- Museums, galleries, exhibition halls
- Shopping centres
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars
- Hotels, hostels, (including their restaurants)
- Castles and palaces
- Cinemas and theater
- It will be possible to hold events for up to 50 people
- Tattoo and piercing salons
14th April 2020
- A five-step plan for re-opening shops, services and restaurants was announced today by the Czech government. However, the dates might still be changed based on the current development of the COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic.
- The plan starts on Monday, April 20, with opening of farmers markets, car shops and showrooms and training facilities for professional sportsmen. Weddings with less than 10 people will be also allowed to take place.
- From April 27, shops smaller than 200 m2 in size will be allowed to open (except for the shops located in the shopping centres).
- From May 11, shops up to 1000 m2 in size will be allowed to open (except for those located in the shopping centres), as well as driving schools. Gyms will also be allowed to open but customers will not be allowed to use their changing
rooms and showers.
- From May 25, outdoor areas of cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to open together with the services like barbershops, hairdressers, pedicure and manicure facilities, spas, museums, galleries and zoos (outdoor areas only).
- From June 8, cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to provide their full services. Shopping malls over 5000 m2 in in size will be able to open and well as theatres and castles. Weddings for unlimited number of guests and events
for up to 50 people will be possible. The cinemas are expected to be opened from June 8 as well.
- Each place which is going to be re-opened must follow strict sanitary regulations. People are still required to wear face masks. Schools will also open gradually.
7th April 2020
- The State of Emergency in the Czech Republic has been extended until April 30. The Members of Parliament confirmed this on Tuesday, April 7. They did not support the proposal to extend this state by another 30 days, i.e. until May 11.
- Before the four-day weekend, improvement and DIY stores (“hobby markets”), building supply stores, hardware stores, bicycle shops and repair services will be able to open from Thursday, April 9.
- From April 7, biking and running in remote areas as well as playing individual outdoor sports (e.g. tennis, golf) without a face mask will be allowed. These are some of the first steps to ease the quarantine measures.
- Vending machines selling face masks, respirators FFP2 and other medical equipment (e.g. disinfection gel and gloves) are now installed at 21 places around Ostrava.
6th April 2020
- The State of Emergency extension by 30 days, i.e. until May 11, will be discussed on April 7. The ban on retail and service sales should be also modified. From Thursday, April 8, shops with work and children clothes and footwear as well as some public sport facilities might be opened.
- It has been announced that the Czech Republic will take in six French patients. They will be transported to the University Hospital in Brno. This is also a sign that the Czech Republic is able to help others due to sufficient capacity.
- Currently, there are 4 591 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection, 72 people have died and 96 people have fully recovered from the infection so far. Over 80 000 people have been tested.
- According to the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University in Prague obtained a certification for its new respirator FFP3. Its production can be up to 500 pieces a day from the beginning of April. (The Rector of CTU signed a memorandum regarding this matter with the Minister of Health.)
30th March 2020
- The Czech government has confirmed that the restrictions on free movement of people and other measures have been extended until April 11. The businesses including restaurants, cafes and pubs remain
closed as well. In addition to the quarantine measures, it was also announced that the two-hour shopping window (8 AM to 10 AM) during which only senior citizens (65+ years old) are allowed to shop only applies to larger supermarkets
- After Easter, a new smart quarantine system to trace infected people's movement should be launched. The authorities should be able to map infected person's movement over past five days thanks to the data from mobile phones and credit
cards. There will be also sanctions for the quarantine violations, warned Roman Prymula, Deputy Health Minister.
- When going outside, people are asked not to form groups of more than two people (except for families) as part of the quarantine measures.
- Currently, there are 2896 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection and 17 people have died.
24th March 2020
- Nationwide quarantine has been approved prohibiting the free movement of people with exceptions for work and obtaining necessary goods. The quarantine went into effect March 16, midnight, and will last at least till April 1.
However, people are still able to go for a walk into the nature or a park but it is important to stay isolated.
- There are 1165 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic. Two men (95-year-old and 45-year-old) have died, however these patients suffered from various ailments. Six people have cured from the coronavirus infection.
There are no cases at the University of Ostrava.
- According to the Czech government, the schools will be closed at least until the end of May. Students are supposed to continue in their studies using the online learning together with the tasks from their teachers.
- The Czech Republic's tough preventative measures to stop spread of the virus may be relaxed somewhat in three weeks but the country's borders are likely to stay shut to most travel for months.
- Closure of borders and travel restrictions. From March 16, the Czech Republic closes its borders. Czech and foreign nationals with permanent or long-term residence in the Czech Republic will not be allowed to leave the country and foreigners
will not be able to enter the country (for 30 days from the Emergency State declaration on March 12). However, foreigners will be able to return to their home countries and also the Czech citizens and foreign nationals with permanent or long-term
residence in the Czech Republic will be able to return to their homes in the Czech Republic.
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- The restrictions for cross-border workers (so called pendlers) have got stricter. Currently, they are obliged to have a confirmation from their employer and newly also “cross-border worker booklet”. The Police of the Czech Republic
will give a stamp both at the exit and the entry of the Czech territory into the booklet.
- People are obliged to wear face mask in all public places. They can use even scarf or similar protection to cover their nose and mouth. This measure should help to limit the spread of the virus. People in the whole country started
making the masks and many of them give the face masks to elderly people, hospitals and other places in need for free.
- The Czech Republic is in the State of Emergency which was declared on March 12. All public events are banned, restaurants and stores are closed excepting the food stores, pharmacies and for example drugstores and pet stores. All public
pools and gyms are closed as well. From 8 AM to 10 AM the food stores are opened only to elderly people 65+ years old.
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Updated: 25. 05. 2020