The Czech government decided to extend the state of emergency up until December 12. The state of emergency was already extended on October 30 until November 20 to continue reducing the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading. At the same time, the government approved releasing some of the previously introduced restrictions.
From Wednesday, November 18, the government introduced a limit on the number of people present in stores at the same time to further decrease the number of new COVID-19 cases. This was decided by the government on Monday, November 16, after photos of stores like Lidl being packed with people started circulating on social media. At the same time, opening hours of stores were extended to 9:00 PM so everyone would be able to do their grocery shopping.
The Czech government has introduced a so-called PES system (“Protiepidemický systém” for long and also “dog” in Czech) – a guide for releasing the restrictions introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This plan uses five different levels and a score ranging from 1 to 100 to describe the current epidemiological situation in Czechia. In accordance with the levels and the score, the current restrictions will be either released or – if the situation starts getting worse again – tightened.
Are you an expat (to be) in Brno and you planning to visit the local Ministry of Interior (MOI) office in the upcoming weeks? We have important notice for you. Brno’s MOI will have a new office. Due to the moving, the current MOI office located on Mariánské náměstí will be closed for the whole one month starting in mid-December 2020 and will open at a new address again in January 2021.
On Monday, November 9, new restrictions on travelling to the country came into effect. The Czech Republic has thus joined other EU countries that have also introduced the so-called Coronavirus Traffic Light System mapping the epidemiological situation in the European Union. All EU countries are marked orange, majority of them are, however, marked red.
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.
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.