On Tuesday, November 3, the race for the next US president and vice president will come to a close. According to the latest polls, the battle will be decided between the incumbent Donald Trump and his vice president Mike Pence, or Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many US citizens including those living in the Czech Republic won’t miss their chance to choose the next president. For whom will those residing in the Czech Republic cast their vote?
On October 30, the Czech government extended the state of emergency up until November 20. The state of emergency was approved on October 5 because of the worsening coronavirus epidemic in the Czech Republic and was originally supposed to be in effect for 30 days. Two governmental parties – ANO and ČSSD – proposed extension of the state of emergency until December 3 but this motion was not passed.
The spooky season is here but the coronavirus makes it more difficult for us to truly enjoy it. Everyone would like to live their lives the way they had before the pandemic and there is no wonder many people feel like they are wasting their lives by being stuck indoors since the world has basically stopped. This might be the perfect time to escape the unpleasant reality by telling stories. And what could possibly be better than telling spooky stories now that Halloween is just around the corner?
On October 28 a night curfew and several other coronavirus countermeasures will come into effect as decided by the government on October 26. Besides that, the government plans to start testing residents and staff of retirement homes and curb non-acute surgeries at hospitals in order to increase the number of hospital beds available.
Due to the recently implemented lockdown, the Ministry of the Interior in the Czech Republic had to introduce some precautionary measures in their offices as well. These precautions mostly affect appointments and the extent of services they will be providing during the next few weeks. What do you have to remember if you need to visit them?
Most stores and services in the Czech Republic will have to close and people’s freedom of movement will be restricted from Thursday, October 22. This was announced on Wednesday, October 21 at a press conference, the same day the previously announced coronavirus countermeasures came into effect. This happened not too long after the Minister of Health had claimed that the government would wait for a week or two before introducing more restrictions.
Wearing face masks outdoors will be mandatory in the Czech Republic from Wednesday, October 21. It was announced on Monday, October 20 as the last resort to avoid the looming lockdown since the number of new coronavirus cases still isn’t decreasing. If this doesn’t help contain the spread, lockdown may be introduced within the next few weeks depending on the urgency of the epidemiological situation.
If you have a Czech phone number, chances are you have recently received an unusual text message written in Czech. Maybe you didn’t understand what it said and decided to brush it off as yet another spam. While some may still consider it spam, it was actually a message from the Czech Ministry of Health regarding a coronavirus precaution. So what was it about?
While some foreigners move to the Czech Republic to study at one of the numerous Czech universities, some arrive for work. The global coronavirus pandemic, however, complicates things for everyone. Sure, almost all Czech embassies have mostly resumed normal operation but that still (unfortunately) doesn’t mean that arriving in the country and starting a new job will be a piece of cake.
The current coronavirus countermeasures will tighten from Wednesday, October 14 as decided by the Czech government on Monday, October 12. Another full lockdown is not possible since it would harm the Czech economy, which is why the government decided to reduce the concentration of people at one place at a time, rather than close shops and services like in spring.