Coronavirus in Czechia: More COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Loosened on Thursday

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.

Coronavirus in Czechia: State of Emergency Extended until December 12

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.

Coronavirus in Czechia: Limits on the Number of People in Stores

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.

Coronavirus in Czechia: The Government Declared a State of Emergency

On Monday, October 5, a state of emergency will come into force. The state of emergency was declared on September 30 by the Czech government and together with that, new restrictions will be introduced, but as announced by the Minister of Health, Roman Prymula, they won’t include the closing of borders. He, however, admitted that other countries may impose restrictions on travelling from and to the Czech Republic.

Coronavirus: The Czech Government’s Plans For Releasing Some of the Restrictions

With the numbers of new people infected with the coronavirus COVID-19 slowly decreasing, the Czech government announced new plans for opening some of the shops, services and institutions that were previously closed because of the pandemic. These plans were introduced to the public at a press conference on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. It is, however, still just a draft version which means that certain dates can be shifted depending on the situation.