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COVID-19: Current government and regional regulations

27th October 2020

Czech government has introduced night curfew and limited opening hours of shops in order to slow down the spread of the COVID-19

  • As of October 28, people will not be able to leave their homes between 21:00 and 4:59. Of course, there are some exceptions, for example for people travelling to/from work and walking their dogs.
  • Retail shops must close at 20:00 from Monday to Saturday and must be closed completely during Sunday with the exception of pharmacies, gas stations and shops at the airports or railway stations.
    Take out windows of the restaurants and food delivery services may operate during Sunday as well.
  • Spas remain open only for people who have the spa care prescribed for medical reasons.
  • Farmer markets are allowed to sell fruit, vegetables, milk, bread, dairy and confectionery products, however, the markets are allowed to have a maximum of 20 people in the area (per 400 square metres). The stalls must be two metres apart and people cannot consume the food and drinks in the market area.

The measures will be effective until the end of the State of Emergency on November 3, however the government is likely to ask for its prolongation.

21st October 2020

Important: New anti-COVID-19 lockdown measures to close shops and services as of Thursday, October 22

Following a record rise in new COVID-19 cases, new lockdown measures have been announced at a press conference today.

From Thursday, October 22, all shops (with the exception of grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies and shops providing necessary goods) and services as hairdressers, nail salons and venues providing similar services, have to close. In the big shopping malls only the previously mentioned shops can remain open and the groups will be limited to a maximum of two people. Additionally, people should take only necessary travels, such as travelling to work or to buy food and other supplies.

However, going outside to the nature is still recommended to get exercise and some fresh air.

The new measures will last until the end of the current State of Emergency – November 3, 2020.

20th October 2020

The Czech Minister of Health has announced that face masks will be required even outdoors for those less than two metres apart in cities, town and villages as of Wednesday, October 21. There is an exemption for people playing or practising sports.

People travelling in one car are also required to wear a face mask if they are not family members or do not share a household.

13th October 2020

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 infection cases, the Czech government announced additional measures to be effective from Wednesday, October 14.

  • There will be closure of pubs, bars and restaurants. They may still operate on a delivery and takeaway basis, however even the takeaway windows must close by 20:00.
  • The lower grades of primary schools will be closed as well and will switch to distance learning. Kindergartens will remain open.
  • Student dorms should be closed for students with permanent residence elsewhere in the Czech Republic. There are exceptions for students with mandatory work duties, medical students helping out in hospitals or those involved in training practice. International students may stay at the dorms.
  • The consumption of alcohol is banned in public places.
  • The obligation to wear a face mask will be extended to all train, tram and bus stations.
  • Both indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to six people.

The additional measures should last till November 3, 2020. By that date, they might be re-evaluated, extended or modified taking into account the development of the epidemiological situation.

9th October 2020

New Czech Anti-COVID Measures

New measures to prevent the spread of the virus in our country have been introduced. Some of them will go into effect immediately from Friday, other from Monday, October 12, 2020.

The new measures will affect the leisure and cultural activities.

From Friday, October 9, 2020:

  • Indoor swimming pools, gyms and fitness centres must close.
  • Restaurants must close by 20:00 and a maximum of 4 people can sit by one table.
  • In the food courts areas in shopping centres a maximum of 2 people can sit by one table. Public Wi-Fi will not be available there. Also a group of maximum of 2 people can enter the shopping centre.

From Monday, October 12, 2020 for 14 days (then they will be either extended or relaxed):

  • All theatres and cinemas must close as well as all other venues organizing cultural events.
  • Zoos will have to be closed.
  • No visits to health and social care facilities are allowed except for precisely specified cases.
  • Indoor events will be limited to 10 people, outdoor to 20. There is an exception for employees, entrepreneurs and business meetings.
  • Professional team sports events are put on hold with the exception of international matches which can take place without spectators. Amateur sport events may take place only outside.
  • Public offices will limit their office hours for public to two days a week and five hours a day.
  • Secondary schools and universities will switch to online learning if have not already done so. The practical and clinical training is an exception. Upper grades of primary schools will split pupils into two groups which will take turns in in-school and distance learning.
  • There will be two additional days off for the students on Monday, October 26, and Tuesday, October 27. October 28 is a national holiday.

1st October 2020

The Czech Government has approved a State of Emergency

The State of Emergency will go into effect from Monday, October 5, 2020, and will last for 30 days. It will help the government to implement new measures quickly. The new measures will not be as strict as during the spring. The State of Emergency does not mean closing borders or restricting movement.

New measures from Monday, October 5:

  • The secondary schools from red or orange districts in the Czech traffic light map will switch to distance learning.
  • The gathering of people will be limited to 10 people for outside events and 20 for indoor events. Swimming pools, gyms, court and official proceedings are exempt from this limit.
  • Theatres and cinemas remain open for visitors (maximum of 500), however consumption of food and beverages will not be allowed.
  • The opera and musicals are banned now for 14 days.
  • At the bars and restaurants maximum of 6 people can sit by one table.
  • Leisure sports for up to 20 people are allowed.
  • Up to 130 people can be present at professional sports matches.

From October 19:

  • For weddings and funerals there will be limit of 30 people.

22nd September 2020

  • According to the Extraordinary Measure of the Regional Public Health Authority of the Moravian Silesian Region, the personal presence of the university students at the classes is banned, except for the individual visits of libraries, consultation, examination and practical training. This measure is valid from September 23, 2020, to October 31, 2020.
  • According to another Extraordinary Measure of the Regional Public Health Authority of the Moravian Silesian Region, the face mask is mandatory at the outside events with more than 100 people.

17th September 2020

New stricter measures in the whole Czech Republic

From Friday, September 18:

  • Indoor standing-room events attended by more than ten people are banned. In the restaurants and bars there cannot be more people than available seats. However, this measure does not apply to exhibitions, markets and similar events. For events with sitting participants, the tickets must be sold for particular seats. People are required to wear the face mask except for the time when they are eating or drinking.
  • Face masks will be mandatory even in classrooms with the exception of 1st to 5th grades, however, even these students have to wear the mask in the common areas of school.
  • From Friday midnight, all pubs, bars and restaurants have to be closed between the midnight and 6:00.

10th September 2020

Confirmed: Masks are back inside in the whole Czech Republic

  • As a response to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic, wearing a mask inside is mandatory from Thursday, September 10, in the whole Czech Republic. The public indoor spaces include the public transport, shops, public offices, post offices, indoor events (regardless of the number of participants), common areas at schools, workplaces (if the 2-metre distance cannot be ensured), public offices and restaurants (if you are not consuming food).
  • From September 9, Prague’s restaurants and bars have to be closed between midnight and 06:00.

18th August 2020

Coronavirus in the Czech Republic: Safety measures including the face masks will be re-introduced from 1 September

  • The Czech Minister of Health has announced that the face masks will be mandatory again in most public indoor spaces including public transport, shops, public offices, post offices, indoor events (regardless of the number of participants – the maximum capacity for indoor events is still set at 500 people), common areas at schools (not in the classrooms), etc., in the whole Czech Republic. The face masks will not be mandatory at workplaces, offices and restaurants. It is predicted that the situation in Autumn will be difficult with children returning to schools and other seasonal respiratory diseases.

Quarantine for symptoms-free patients reduces from 14 to 10 days

  • This new regulation takes effect on 24 August. Furthermore, no COVID test will be required for leaving the isolation. Those who have come into contact with an infected person will have to stay in the quarantine for ten days if showing no symptoms.

14th August 2020

Moravian-Silesian Region: Face masks no longer mandatory in the indoor areas

  • The Regional Public Health Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region has announced that from Friday, 14 August, 12:00, the face masks will no longer be mandatory in the indoor areas and public transport, except for Frýdek-Místek dictrict (i.e. Bruntál, Krnov, Rýmařov, Frýdek-Místek, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Jablunkov and Třinec).

4th August 2020

  • The Ministry of Health introduced a four-colour risk map which shows the level of epidemiological risk in the individual regions. White colour (very low or no risk) is followed by green, yellow and red (high risk). Currently, there are nine areas at level one – green colour, these are Prague, Prague-West, Prague-East, Ostrava, Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, Brno, Jihlava and Prachatice. The map will be updated once a week.

27th July 2020

Face masks are back in the whole country

  • From Saturday, July 25, the face masks are mandatory in the whole country, however, only at indoor mass cultural or sporting events of over 100 people, as well weddings and funerals. From Monday, July 27, the maximum capacity of such events will be limited to 500 people. Stricter measures in the Moravian-Silesian Region stays, i.e. the face mask is mandatory in all indoor areas, public events can be organized for a maximum of 100 people and bars and restaurants have to be closed between 23:00 and 08:00.

  • A “traffic light” system will be implemented for the Czech Republic. Each colour will indicate specific measure that should be taken for the protection of public health in the particular region. The system is proposed as regional because the situation in individual regions considerably differs. The Ministry of Health collaborated on this system with the epidemiologists and the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (UZIS).

20th July 2020

Face masks in Moravian-Silesian Region are back

  • Wearing of face masks is mandatory again in interior spaces and public transport in Moravian-Silesian Region, this measure was announced on Friday, effective immediately. The public events can be organized for a maximum of 100 people and bars and restaurants have to stay closed between 23:00 and 08:00. Cross-border workers are required to have a negative test every two weeks.

    These restrictions have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus from Karviná to other parts of the region.

1st July 2020

  • The situation in the Czech Republic is stable and under control. The localized COVID-19 outbreaks are being monitored, currently they are in Prague and Karviná where some of the restrictions will stay.

    Prague – People have to wear the face mask during indoor events with more than 100 visitors and in the subway. It is not mandatory in trams and buses.

    Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Jablunkov, Bohumín, Havířov, Orlová, Český Těšín and Třinec – People have to wear the face mask in all indoor areas and in the public transport. Public events, both indoor and outdoor, can be organized for a maximum of 100 people. A maximum of 100 people can be at the aquaparks at the same time as well. The restaurants have to be closed from 23:00 to 8:00.

    Ostrava and other parts of the Moravian-Silesian Region – People only need to wear the face masks at events with more than 100 people, otherwise, they can put them off.

22nd June 2020

  • From Monday, June 22, the public events can be organized for up to 1000 people or 5000 people at the same time but divided into separate sectors with max of 1000 people in each of them.

From July 1:

  • People can put off their face masks even inside and in the public transport, however, the face masks will still remain in place in areas of localized COVID-19 outbreaks (for now in Prague and Karviná).

  • The pubs and restaurants will be allowed to remain open after 23:00, currently they have to stay closed between 23:00 – 6:00.

  • Cinema and theatre visitors can consume their refreshment inside.

15th June 2020

From June 15:

  • People can buy snacks at farmer's markets. The refreshment will be offered also in theatres and cinemas, however, people cannot take it to the screening area.

  • The Czech Ministry of Health published a new “traffic light map” which shows countries that Czech residents can safely travel to in green. The residents can travel to and from these countries without the need of undertaking the COVID test or 14 days quarantine. Orange countries have an average risk of COVID-19 infection and in red countries there is still a high risk of infection.
    More information

  • The epidemiologists will continue to discuss the masks-wearing measures. There is still an obligation to wear the mask inside of buildings and on public transport. It is no longer an obligation to wear the masks outside.

8th June 2020

Restrictions are being further relaxed.

  • The public events can be organized for up to 500 people. Visitors to theatres, cinemas and concert halls do not have to keep their distance, however, they still need to wear the face masks.

  • You do not have to wear the face mask by swimming pools. Face masks continue to be mandatory at indoor locations including public transport vehicles.

  • Dedicated shopping hours for elderly people have been cancelled.

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.

  • April 27
    • 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)

    May 11
    • Outdoor areas of cafes, pubs and restaurants
    • Hairdressers
    • Beauty salons
    • Museums, galleries, exhibition halls

    May 25
    • Shopping centres
    • Restaurants, cafes, and bars
    • Hotels, hostels, (including their restaurants)
    • Castles and palaces
    • Bookstores
    • 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 (500+ m2).

  • 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.
    You can double-check the latest information and exceptions on the links below:
  • 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: 27. 10. 2020

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