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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. The focus remains on containing COVID-19 hotspots in regions; however, some rules are universal. 

Below, you will find all universal restrictions and recommendations on how to prevent further spreading of the virus. 

Restrictions & Recommendations 

General restrictions

It is again obligatory to wear face masks:
  • In public transport (bus, train, taxi, etc.) 
  • In all indoor spaces including workplaces.
  • Exceptions include:
    • Children under the age of 2
    • Kindergartens (employees & children)
    • Classrooms, teachers’ room (i.e. not common areas in schools)
    • Hospitalized patients
    • Performing artists
    • Sport practice & competitions
    • Co-workers in the same working area maintaining a 2m distance
    • Wedding ceremonies
 
  • Indoor events for more than 10 people (i.e. in bars, clubs, restaurants) are banned unless every attendee has a designated seat.
  • Outdoor events for more than 1000 attendees are banned.

Local measures

Prague only: Restaurants, bars and other food service outlets must be closed between 12AM and 6AM. The measure does not apply to fast food establishments with a dispensing window or the sale of food to take without entering the establishment.

Prague, Central Bohemia, Cheb region, Zlin region, Uherske Hradiste region and Kromeriz region:
Facemasks are now obligatory in outdoor events for more than 100 attendees.
 
Prague and Central Bohemia:
Restaurants, bars and other food service outlets must be closed between 12AM and 6AM. The measure does not apply to fast food establishments with a dispensing window or the sale of food to take without entering the establishment.

In some regions, stricter measures apply. For current updates, follow updates from the Ministry of Health (https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/current-measures/), or from your local health authorities. 

Recommendations

  • 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.

Restrictions in Retail, Leisure & Services

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

What are the requirements?

  • Disinfect frequently touched areas (shopping baskets and carts after every use, door handles, railings etc.), and maintain 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.
  • Services that work with clients (manicures, spas, tattoo parlors etc.) are encouraged to allow time for disinfection and maintenance between sessions. They are also encouraged to use disposable products.
  • Restaurants and similar establishments must disinfect tables and chairs after each customer.
  • Sport facilities must ensure that common areas are not crowded and are regular disinfected.
  • Hospitality facilities must inform their guests about hygienic measures and ensure that all surfaces are regularly disinfected, and that bed linen and towels are washed at higher temperatures.

Transportation

What is prohibited?

See section Travel & Visa for more information. 

What is allowed 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.
  • Entry requirements and border checks vary.

Healthcare

What is obligatory?

  • 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.