The government had to adopt a number of extraordinary measures in order to protect the health of the population at risk from the coronavirus epidemic. Based on the current situation, it is possible to start relaxing the strict rules. This is expected to happen gradually in five waves, the first of which will become effective tomorrow, i.e. Monday, 20 April 2020, when trades with business premises and related professions, farmers markets and other marketplaces, used-car dealerships and car showrooms will be able to reopen. Outdoor training for professional athletes (closed to the public) and small wedding ceremonies can also be held. All of the above-mentioned activities can be conducted only under strict conditions.
The same rules imposed on facilities that were previously reopened will apply to all newly reopened establishments, i.e. people will have to maintain a distance of at least two meters from each other, hand disinfectants must be available on site, and staff will have to wear gloves, which will have to be provided to customers upon request. Of course, protection of the upper respiratory tract (by means of masks, respirators, etc.) will continue to be mandatory for both business operators and customers.
“The opinions of epidemiologists play a key role in the easing of restrictions on shops and services. We cannot allow the coronavirus, which we are managing better in comparison with other countries, to overcome us. On the other hand, it is not possible to have shops and services shut down forever; the state of emergency has already become a matter of plain survival for a number of businesses and self-employed people. We are attempting to find a balance, set restrictions and ease the measures in a sensible and equitable way. I don’t deny that it is complicated, because the global coronavirus pandemic is an entirely new experience for everyone,” says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček, adding: “Next week, we will evaluate Easter and, if the positive trend continues, propose faster easing of restrictions.
Trades with business premises and other fields that will be able to resume operations tomorrow include, for example, dressmakers, stonemasons, photographers, cobblers, glassmakers, printers and pet salons. A complete overview of professions is included in the leaflet prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in cooperation with the Ministry of Health in two formats: image (jpg) and active pdf, which links to the Ministry of Health website with recommendations regarding the easing of restrictions on business and other activities.
“Our recommendations pertaining to the easing of measures from Monday, 20 April, also apply to universities and educational organisations. Where business is concerned, the previously mentioned preventive recommendations apply for all business premises; certain specific requirements apply to markets – for example, tastings are not possible – and sports facilities – among other things, shared locker rooms may not be used. At small wedding ceremonies with up to ten people, everyone must wear masks, including the newlyweds,” says Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch. Detailed information, including the new leaflet, is available at www.mpo.cz and http://koronavirus.mzcr.cz.