As the situation around the Coronavirus is constantly changing and numbers of infected people are growing, the Czech government was forced to declare a state of emergency and introduce new emergency countermeasures. In this article, you’ll find the latest ones.
Ban on events
Due to the new Coronavirus (COVID19), the government has issued a ban on all events with more than 30 participants. That includes theatre, music and film productions and other artistic performances, sporting, cultural, religious, federal, dance, traditional and similar events and other gatherings, exhibitions, festivals, pilgrimages, shows, tastings, markets and fairs, and educational events.
This includes public as well as private events, but it does not apply to meetings and similar actions of constitutional bodies, public authorities, courts and other public bodies held by law. Therefore work won’t be affected by this countermeasure. It will, however, affect all catering services (restaurants, pubs, etc.) and people won’t be allowed to enter them from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.
The public won’t also be allowed to use services such as gyms, swimming pools, solariums, saunas, wellness services, music, and social clubs, entertainment facilities, public libraries, and galleries.
This countermeasure comes into effect at 6:00 am, March 13, and it is not yet known how long it is going to last.
Traveling from high-risk countries
The Czech borders with Austria and Germany were closed today at 2:00 pm and people will be allowed to cross them only at specified crossing points. No foreigners traveling from the countries that are considered high-risk by the government will be allowed to enter the country unless they have a permanent or temporary residence. Neither will the Czech citizens be allowed to enter those countries. The high-risk countries are China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, France, and the UK.
Due to coronavirus, the government has stopped issuing visas and residence permits.
This countermeasure will last for at least one month depending on the severity of the situation.
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