Although the number of new COVID-19 cases in Czechia has been steadily decreasing, the situation in hospitals is still critical. Therefore, the Minister of Health, Jan Blatný, decided to extend current coronavirus restrictions to at least the end of the Easter holidays – including the ban of movement between districts. Still, a slight relaxation of some of the current rules will be effective from 22 March.
Exercise and sports beyond the borders of your municipality
The main relaxation of the current COVID-19 restrictions concerns free-time activities and sports. The recently-implemented restrictions of movement did now allow leaving your municipality except in special cases or with a special note. This should change effective from Monday, 22 March.
Come Monday, you are allowed to exercise or hike beyond the borders of your municipality. You must, however, remain within the borders of your district.
From 22 March, you are allowed to exercise outside your municipality.
Face masks and social distancing
Blatný also confirmed that all those who are engaging in exercise and sports activities will be exempt from wearing a face mask from 22 March. This exemption only applies if you maintain a distance of two meters from other citizens.
Moreover, the minister stressed that in regular situations (if you are not engaging in exercise), you must still wear a face mask even if there is no one else on the street except you. Otherwise, you may get fined.
Other relaxations Blatný mentioned at his press conference include for example:
- Visitations of children living in social institutions beyond the borders of your district – now allowed for all citizens
- All vaccinated citizens are allowed to visit their relatives in social institutions without a COVID-19 test
Aside from these relaxations, all of the other COVID-19 restrictions remain valid!
State of emergency extension?
Because the situation in hospitals still hasn’t improved, Blatný also confirmed that the government will ask the Chamber of Deputies for another extension on the current state of emergency. The extension should last until the end of Easter, at least. The Chamber of Deputies will vote on this matter on Monday, 22 March.
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