The epidemiological situation in Czechia has been gradually improving. Therefore, the government has decided to no longer extend the state of emergency beyond 11 April. At the same time, we can expect some restriction relaxations from next Monday. This includes the relaxation of the limitation of movement, and the reopening of selected schools, shops, services, and businesses. What’s to open on 12 April? And what else is being relaxed?
The state of emergency ends on 11 April, which means that the limitation of movement between districts ends on 12 April. You will also be able to go out at night.
Other restriction relaxations include gathering in groups of 10 inside and groups of 20 outside. EDIT: The Ministry of Health took back the relaxation of the gathering restriction on 10 April – the number of people who can meet inside or outside remains 2.
Some schools and classrooms will be reopening on 12 April.
What’s to reopen?
On 12 April, selected shops will once again open to the public, including children’s clothes and children’s footwear shops, and stationeries.
It has also been announced that farmer’s markets will be allowed to take place.
Other businesses and services
Other services you can expect to open on 12 April include laundry services and dry-cleaning services, and shops selling spare car parts, and locksmiths.
Zoos and botanical gardens
What about schools?
The government has decided that the first phase of school reopening will also commence on 12 April. Specifically, 12 April will mark the reopening of:
- Kindergarteners in their pre-school year
- Grades 1–5 of primary schools (hybrid classes, rotating between homeschooling and at-school education)
- Smaller schools (up to 75 pupils) will reopen in full (no hybrid classes)
- Classes in language schools and art schools can take place, but only 1 on 1
- People will also be allowed to take their final driving exams in driving schools
All pupils will be tested every Monday and Thursday, using non-invasive nasal tests from the front part of the nose. Grades 6 and up, high schools, and universities will not be reopening for now. Some schools (including lower grades) may not open at all for now due to local epidemiological situations.
According to the Minister of the Interior, Jan Hamáček, if the situation keeps evolving well, the end of April could potentially see the reopening of other services, businesses, and beer gardens.
The government will also announce on 12 April what the next plan of action will be for schools. More schools and classrooms could potentially reopen on 19 April.
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