Due to the positive development of the situation in the Czech Republic, the Czech government announced some changes regarding the restrictions that have been introduced during the previous weeks to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading rapidly. These changes were announced at a press conference on Thursday, April 23 and include for example gathering outside in groups of 10 people or traveling abroad.
Easing the lockdown
Over the last few weeks, pressure was put on the Czech government because of the countermeasures that were deemed too harsh and outdated by many. On April 14, the Czech government announced first plans on lifting some of these restrictions, but on April 23 the government announced their decision to introduce the restriction even sooner than it was originally intended.
As of April 24 people in the Czech Republic are allowed to:
- Attend small church services (up to 15 people);
- Attend weddings (up to 10 people, registrar and the bridegroom included);
- Gather outside in groups of up to 10 people;
Re-opening on April 27
- Shops with floor space of up to 2,500 square metres (except those in shopping centers);
- Gyms and fitness centres (showers and dressing rooms within them won’t be accessible);
- Small church services;
- Driving schools;
- Zoological and botanical garden exhibits (outdoor areas).
As of April 27, people will also be allowed to travel abroad without the need of proving a serious reason to do so. However, when a person returns from abroad, they will have to prove themselves with a negative test for COVID-19 (tested negative within the last 4 days, ) or undergo a 14-days long quarantine. EU nationals who study or work here can also return to the Czech Republic under certain conditions.
Re-opening on May 11
- Shops with floor space of over 2,500 square metres (except those in shopping centers);
- Restaurants, pubs, buffets, bars, and cafés, with service from windows or in gardens;
- Beauty salons and tanning salons;
- Massage, regeneration or recondition services;
- Museums, galleries, exhibition halls;
- Castles, chateaux, open-air museums (outdoor areas);
- Outdoor training activities of professional athletes (with the public being excluded).
Re-opening on May 25
- Restaurants, pubs, buffets, bars, and cafes;
- Hotels, outdoor campsites and other accommodation facilities;
- Taxi services;
- Tattoo and piercing salons;
- Theaters, chateaux, castles and other cultural activities (under precisely defined conditions);
- Cultural, social, sports events (number of people will be specified);
- Recovery events and similar for children under 15 years of age;
- Weddings (under precisely defined conditions);
- Zoological and botanical garden exhibits (including their indoor areas).
Countermeasures still in place
While some of the restrictions are being slowly released, people are, however, still required to wear facemasks. The government’s recent decision on letting EU citizens return to the Czech Republic without having a residence permit remains in place as well.
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