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.
State of Emergency Extended
On October 30 the state of emergency was extended up until November 20 which means that the restrictions that are connected to it can now be extended as well. Originally it was supposed to be in place until November 3 but although the number of daily new coronavirus cases is slowly decreasing, the situation in the Czech Republic still remains critical as explained by the Czech government. Some political parties wanted to extend the state of emergency for a shorter period of time whilst two governmental parties – ANO and ČSSD – wanted it to be extended until December 3, that is by one month. This proposal was, however, not passed.
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The coronavirus countermeasures that are currently in place include:
- Night curfew;
- Retail stores closed on Sundays;
- Some other stores must be closed completely;
- Ban on travelling in the Czech Republic for tourism;
- Restrictions on freedom of movement (the only exceptions are: going to work, shopping, going to doctor, necessary visits of relatives and walks in nature);
- Restrictions on gatherings of people;
- Mandatory wearing face masks.
When Will Students Return to School?
One of the currently discussed topics is also reopening schools. While the exact date of schools reopening is not known yet, the Minister of the Interior – Jan Hamáček (ČSSD) – claims this should be possible when the daily number of new coronavirus cases is between 2 500 – 3 000 per day. He also stressed that this is only his personal opinion, though. So far, schools still remain in distance learning mode.
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Sources of the information: iRozhlas.cz, vlada.cz, Novinky.cz
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