Due to a rapid number increase of confirmed cases of coronavirus and shortage of capacity in hospitals in the Czech Republic, the local government was compelled to announce another state of emergency and tighten the rules in the country. Stricter measures that are effective from March 1 ban traveling between districts and order the wearing of proper respiratory protection.
The New state of Emergency
The Chamber of Deputies restricted the request for the extension of the current state of emergency. Yet the Government announced the new state of emergency. The new state of emergency is operative from February 27 for three weeks, until March 28.
Restrictions on Freedom of Movement
The main restrictions on freedom of movement are related to prohibited movement between districts of the country. Brno-City and Brno-Outskirts count as one district, as well as Prague itself.
Movement between districts is prohibited with the exception of work reasons or emergency care. In this case, the evidence is necessary, in the form of either a permit from their employer, work contract, or other documents confirming the reason for your travel. Another exception applies to leaving the country.
As for returning to the Czech Republic, non-EU citizens are not allowed to enter the country if they do not have a residence permit.
Additionally, walks, exercises, and other outdoor activities are limited to within the municipality where you live. Those who walk their dog at night must keep in mind to stay within 500 meters of their place of residence.
Shopping is also allowed only within your home district.
Visiting friends and relatives is prohibited (also within the same district) other than in order to provide urgent care.
The night curfew remains the same – between 9 pm and 5 am.
In summarization, movement is restricted to travel to work, necessary visits of relatives, exercise, medical reasons, and work.
From now on, wearing respirators or nano filter masks is mandatory in:
- public transport
- all train platforms, bus stops/stations, and public transport waiting rooms
- all vehicles (excluding people from the same household)
- shops and service establishments
- medical facilities and facilities providing outpatient care and social services
- international airports
At least one surgical mask required in:
- all interiors of buildings except the place of residence
- in the workplace, unless the employee is alone in the room
- outside the built-up area of a village
- outside the built-up area of a municipality, if there are persons from a different household in a distance of a minimum of 2 meters
Restrictions on Retail
Shops and services which remain open are:
grocery stores, shops selling fuel, drugstores and domestic goods stores, take-out windows, pharmacies, animal feed, and pet stores, shops selling spectacles and contact lenses, towing and vehicle repair shops, print shops, tobacconists, newsagents, pick-up points for goods and packages, gardening supplies stores, ticket offices, florists, electronics and computer services, funeral services, unstaffed launderettes, taxi services, and psychotherapists. Stationery shops and shops selling children’s clothes and shoes will be closed.
Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have been open so far. From now on, these will be closed as well. There are exceptions only for children of key workers e.g. medical staff.
The length of quarantine and self-isolation has been extended to 14 days due to the rapidly spreading very contagious British mutation of coronavirus, the newly-declared South African mutation of the virus, and a critical shortage of capacity in hospitals.
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