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Goverment measures and legislation

Goverment measures and legislation

As the epidemiological situation evolves, some previously applied restrictions enter in effect again. 

Please refer to the categories below for a detailed overview of the currently adopted measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

General restrictions

A national curfew is in force from 9pm to 5am. 

Basic infrastructure providers are exempt. 

Restriction of public movement is in force. 

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 10 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 has been limited. Any assembly may be attended by a maximum of 100 people divided into groups of 20, while maintaining distance of at least two meters, with each participant wearing a face mask or other respiratory protection. 

Public authorities operate at limited capacities

Ensuing from the state of emergency, public authorities and administrative authorities have commenced limited operations at their workplaces, restricting the scope of the bodies’ office hours to Mondays and Wednesdays, with a maximum of 5 hours on the given day.

Facemasks are obligatory in all indoor spaces including workplaces. Exceptions include:

  • Children under the age of 2
  • Kindergartens (employees & children)
  • 1st - 5th grades of elementary schools (pupils & teachers in classrooms)
  • Hospitalized patients
  • Performing artists
  • Sport practice & competitions
  • Co-workers in the same working area maintaining a 2m distance
  • Wedding ceremonies
Personal attendance of students and pupils at all education institutions is prohibited. All courses will take place online. 

Retail & Leisure

Retail and the sale of services at establishments is mostly prohibited. The following stores are obliged to close between 8pm and 5am and on Sundays: 
  • 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 

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. 

Healthcare

  • It is obligatory to wear protection of respiratory passages in all social and healthcare facilities.
  • 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.
  • All social and healthcare facilities with inpatient departments must:
    • Only allow a maximum of 2 visitors per patient.
    • Assess if visitors show symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough etc.)
    • Reserve a space for visits (ideally outdoor) to limit the contact with other patients.
    • Regularly disinfect surfaces with a viricidal agent.

Travel & Transportation

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.

Entry requirements and border checks vary. For more information on international travel please refer section Travel & Visa.

Hygienic recommendations for businesses

  • Disinfect frequently touched areas and maintain business premises generally clean and aired.
  • Ensure that there is no crowding of people (for example by closing or monitoring risk areas)
  • Provide disposable gloves (or other similar hand protection) and disinfection free of charge to customers at each entrance.
  • Actively prevent customers from not keeping a safe distance (when possible)
  • Mark any waiting areas and place symbols indicating the minimal distance between customers (minimal distance of 2 m).
  • Make disinfectant products available to employees and customers for regular disinfection.
  • Ensure that employees wear gloves when handling goods or accepting payments from customers.
  • Keep customers informed, primarily by means of information posters or through loudspeaker announcements.

Hygienic recommendations for the public

  • 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.

For more information visit the official page of the Ministry of Health:  https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/current-measures/