The most wonderful time of the year? Yes, Christmas is here! The magical moments, festive mood and a lot of twinkling lights are back! It’s December 1 and we can finally count days till Christmas Day! We know that you – our lovely expats – come from many different countries around the world and that you may be celebrating Christmas differently. Anyway, now you are in the Czech Republic and we are so happy to have you here! So we would like to show you how we – Czech people celebrate this festive holiday and you can learn more about Czech Christmas!
On Thursday, December 3 more of the COVID-19 restrictions will be released in accordance with the PES system as decided by the Czech government on Sunday, November 29. Possibly the biggest changes relate to opening stores and restaurants, though the limit on the number of people at stores remains in place. At the same time, the Minister of Health suggested another extension of the state of emergency.
The Czech government decided to extend the state of emergency up until December 12. The state of emergency was already extended on October 30 until November 20 to continue reducing the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading. At the same time, the government approved releasing some of the previously introduced restrictions.
Do you like to discover new places in the Czech Republic? Now it’s the best time! Since travelling around the world is limited, we can still explore beautiful places and corners in the Czech territory that we may haven’t known about. So many local cities have something special to offer! Třebíč city is situated in the western part of Moravia, on the south-western tip of the region Vysočina. It is known mainly for the history of the city, as tourists can appreciate many unique monuments.
From Wednesday, November 18, the government introduced a limit on the number of people present in stores at the same time to further decrease the number of new COVID-19 cases. This was decided by the government on Monday, November 16, after photos of stores like Lidl being packed with people started circulating on social media. At the same time, opening hours of stores were extended to 9:00 PM so everyone would be able to do their grocery shopping.
I am sure many people will agree with me if I say that one of the best ways to spend the autumn evening is to lay under a warm blanket with a cup of tea or cocoa and read a great book. During the last quarantine in spring, we recommended quite a number of movies for you to watch. In case you like to read and have some spare time during the pandemic, I would also like to recommend to you some excellent Czech authors that you should try!
The Czech government has introduced a so-called PES system (“Protiepidemický systém” for long and also “dog” in Czech) – a guide for releasing the restrictions introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This plan uses five different levels and a score ranging from 1 to 100 to describe the current epidemiological situation in Czechia. In accordance with the levels and the score, the current restrictions will be either released or – if the situation starts getting worse again – tightened.
Are you an expat (to be) in Brno and you planning to visit the local Ministry of Interior (MOI) office in the upcoming weeks? We have important notice for you. Brno’s MOI will have a new office. Due to the moving, the current MOI office located on Mariánské náměstí will be closed for the whole one month starting in mid-December 2020 and will open at a new address again in January 2021.
Do you miss travelling? Would you like to go for a one day trip? We may have a tip for the destination you will fall in love with! Only a few cities in the Czech Republic can be seen from such a height as Velké Meziříčí. One of the highway bridges – the highest highway bridge in the Czech Republic – on the D1 route from Prague to Bratislava leads over the city. From the highway, you can see Velké Meziříčí in the palm of your hand. Velké Meziříčí is a town in the Vysočina Region and it is 52 kilometres from Brno.