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Current developments

Updates January 2021

Due to an increase in epidemiological risk, some restrictions are again in place:

  • The national curfew is in place until 10th of January
  • Outdoor and indoor gatherings can now include up to 2 people.

 A national curfew is in force from 11pm to 5am.

Basic infrastructure providers are exempt.


More information on the current epidemiological situation can be found

here: https://www.vlada.cz/en/media-centrum/aktualne/important-covid-19-measures-for-foreigners-183562/

and here: https://covid.gov.cz/en/

Restriction of free movement applies to all people across the Czech Republic. Essential movement in public spaces is limited only to a necessary period for: 

  • Traveling to work or traveling for business 
  • Shopping for essential items such as groceries, drugs, medical devices, etc., for yourself, your pets, relatives or close persons 
  • Traveling as a part of volunteering, neighborly assistance or other arrangement of errands and services
  • Traveling to healthcare or social facilities and accompany relatives or close persons to these facilities  
  • Attending funerals and weddings (of less than 20 participants) 
  • Traveling for the purpose of leaving the Czech Republic 
  • It is possible to travel around the Czech Republic for the purpose of arranging urgent official matters, or to accompany relatives or close persons for this purpose
  • Free movement is allowed in nature and parks 

Public gathering is restricted

The right to peacefully assemble according to the law on the right of assembly is restricted. The assembly may be attended by a maximum of 100 people divided into groups of 20, while maintaining distance at least two meters, with each participant wearing a face mask or another respiratory protection. 

Retail & Services

Retail and the sale of services at establishments is mosty prohibited. The following stores that remain open are obliged to close between 11pm and 5am: 

  • food,  
  • fuel, propellants,  
  • hygienic goods, cosmetics, and other druggist goods;  
  • pharmacies, dispensaries and medical device shops,  
  • feed and other articles for animals;  
  • spectacles, contact lenses, and related goods;  
  • newspapers and magazines;  
  • tobacco products;  
  • laundry and dry-cleaning services,  
  • repair of road vehicles, if there are not more than 30 persons in the establishment at the same time,  
  • towing and the removal of defects of vehicles in traffic on roads,  
  • sale of spare parts for vehicles and production technologies,  
  • establishments enabling the collection of goods and shipments from third parties,  
  • sale of gardening supplies including seeds and seedlings,  
  • funeral services,  
  • flower shops 

Public authorities and administration

Public authorities and administrations operate with a limited capcity, restricting the scope of the bodies’ office hours to a maximum of 5 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Facemasks, Education & Leisure

Facemasks are obligatory in all indoor spaces including workplaces and in all waiting areas of the public transport. Exceptions include: 
  • Children under the age of 2 
  • Kindergartens (employees & children) 
  • Hospitalized patients 
  • Co-workers in the same working area maintaining a 2m distance 
  • Wedding ceremonies 
Personal attendance of students and pupils at all education institutions is generally prohibited. All courses will take place online. Exemptions:
  • Kindergarten
  • Lower grades of elementary school + last (9th) grade. Remaining students take weekly turns by class.
  • Last grades of high schools and vocational schools.
  • Practical courses at universities & colleges
     
All indoor events for more than 6 people are banned (excl. business meetings, activities of public authorities and ceremonies such as weddings or funerals, where a special regime applies). 
 
All leisure activities and events are banned (sports, culture, art etc.). 
 
Restaurants, bars and other food service venues must close; however, take-away delivery services and vending windows are still allowed to operate until 8pm. 
 
It is only allowed to enter shops and shopping centers in groups of 2. 
 
Alcohol consumption in public is prohibited.  
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