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Goverment measures and legislation

Goverment measures and legislation

Warning: Strict hygienic measures apply. 

It is no longer obligatory to wear face masks except: 

  • In public transport 
  • In public indoor spaces (e.g. not in offices) 
  • During gatherings of more than two people (not incl. family members) 

UPDATES 25th of May 2020:

  • All dining services can now open their indoor areas (incl. dining areas in shopping centers) 
  • All hospitality and accommodation services (hotels, campsites etc.) can now open. 
  • All taxi services can resume their activity. 
  • Tattoo and piercing shops can now open. 
  • Youth recreation activities (e.g. summer camps) can resume. 
  • Zoological and botanical gardens can open their indoor areas. 
  • All swimming pools (indoor and outdoor can now open) 
  • Castles and chateaux can now open their indoor areas. 
  • Saunas and wellness centers can now open. 
  • Primary school pupils can now attend both curricular and extra-curricular activities in groups of 15 and less. These groups cannot be modified later. Wearing face masks is obligatory in common areas but not compulsory during classes (however, it is encouraged). 
  • Public gatherings and events (both indoor and outdoor) are now allowed but limited to 300 participants.
  • Sport facilities can now open public areas (showers, changing rooms etc.) 

Movement and presence 

What should I do?

  • Minimize your non-essential travels and activities. 
  • Limit the visits of people in high-risk categories (elderly, chronically ill etc.) to a minimum. 
  • Avoid gatherings in public spaces. 
  • Wear protection of respiratory passages (use a respirator, mask, scarf or other device to cover my nose and mouth), especially where it is obligatory - in public transport, in public indoor spaces and in public outdoor spaces with a higher concentration of people. 
  • Maintain a distance of at least two meters when coming into contact with other persons, if possible. 

Cultural, Sports and other events

What is prohibited?

  • The sale of tickets by conductors on Czech Railways trains is temporarily suspended.

Retail

What is prohibited?

All shops and establishments are now open, provided they comply with stricter hygienic requirements.

What must I do?

  • All operators of retail stores are advised to disinfect shopping baskets and carts after every use, and the handles of doors at least once per hour, and are permitted to sell unpackaged bakery products only if they fulfil the following conditions:
  • a) it is ensured that there is no crowding together of people at the bakery product collection points,
  •  b) the point of sale is equipped with personal hygiene aids.
  • It is ordered that business owners operating a self-service grocery store provide disposable gloves free of charge to customers at each entrance to such a shop, or other similar hand protection (e.g. plastic bags).
All operators of retail establishments are ordered:
  • to actively prevent customers from approaching to within 2 metres of each other,
  • to ensure the management of queues of waiting customers, both inside and outside the store, particularly by marking the waiting area and placing symbols indicating the minimal distance between customers (minimal distance of 2 m),
  • to place disinfectant products near frequently touched objects (especially handles, railings, shopping carts), so that it is available to employees and customers of the establishment and can be used for regular disinfection,
  • to ensure that workers at the establishment wear gloves when coming into contact with goods or accepting payments from customers,
  • to ensure that customers are informed of the above rules, primarily by means of information posters at the entrance and throughout the establishment, or by stating the rules through loudspeaker announcements in the establishment.

School attendance and educational events

What is prohibited?

  • Personal attendance of students of secondary education at schools and education facilities has been prohibited, as well as at mass forms of instruction, events and examinations.
  • Furthermore, personal attendance of students in one-year foreign language education with daily instruction is prohibited.

What other options exist?

  • Emergency educational facilities that will take care of children aged 3 to 10 are to be set up for parents who are: employees of the security corps, municipal police, healthcare service providers, public health protection authorities, members of the armed forces, educational institutions employees, employees of municipalities or social service providers. There cannot be more than 15 children in each such group. 

What is permitted?

The personal attendance of university students at clinical and practical training and practice is still permitted.

Examinations

State school-leaving examinations will take place no sooner than three weeks after the reopening of schools, so that:
  • a) only the didactic part is conducted without the written part in the Czech and foreign language,
  • b) the results of school-leaving examinations will be evaluated directly at the schools,


Unified acceptance examinations for secondary schools will be conducted in unchanged form no earlier than two weeks after the reopening of schools; only one round will be conducted with a possible substitute deadline.

  • Small educational events (e.g. seminars, study groups) for up to 15 people are allowed in tertiary education and for students in the last years of studies (secondary and primary education). 
  • All students and pupils of last grades (5th,7th and 9th) of elementary schools and high school students preparing for admission tests or school-leaving exams can now also attend educational activities with up to 15 people per class. 
  • All pupils of the 1st-5th grades of primary schools can now attend curricular and extracurricular activities with up to 15 pupils per class. These groups cannot be modified.
     

Transportation

  • See the section Travel & Visa for more information.

What may I do and what is recommended?

  • It is recommended that all operators of public transport services disinfect the areas frequently touched by people (especially handles, door controls, grips, seatbacks) minimally after every trip. 
  • Railway and bus carriers may transport passengers across the border since 11th May. 
  • Entry requirements and border checks vary. 

Social area

What is recommended?

  • It is still recommended that persons over 70 do not go outside their homes when it is not necessary.
  • Within the regime of legislative emergency, the government prepared an extraordinary bill, which amends the Act on Sickness Insurance for the duration of the Covid-19 health emergency, in that:
  •  a) it extends the period of paying the treatment allowance for the duration of the extraordinary government measure on the prohibition of school attendance,
  •  changes the maximum age for granting the claim to a treatment allowance, so that it now applies to children under the age of 13,
  •  extends the payment of the treatment allowance to care for medically handicapped persons in a common household, regardless of age, if the facility designated to care for such persons was closed, whereas the allowance may be paid retroactively.

Healthcare

What is prohibited?

  • All providers of inpatient healthcare services and all inpatient social service facilities and all inpatient social relief service facilities are ordered to prohibit visits to patients and clients, except for:
  • a) patients and users of social services who are minors,
  • b) patients and users of social services whose legal capacity has been restricted,
  • c) patients in hospices and other patients and users of social services in a terminal stage of an incurable illness.
  • Physicians, with certain exceptions, and veterinary physicians are prohibited from prescribing the medicinal product Plaquenil; pharmacists, with certain exceptions, are prohibited from dispensing this medicinal product.

What must I do?

  • All intensive care facilities in the Czech Republic are obliged to reserve bed capacity for patients with the COVID-19 disease, including ensuring the presence of the required staff and adequate safety conditions.