10th August 2020

Government Restrictions of Activities inside the Czech Republic

Updated restrictions applicable nation-wide and locally. As of July 27, 2020, the max. number of participants at an indoor event is 500 in one sector, at an outdoor event it is 1,000 persons. Different measures apply to local hotspots.

On August 3, 2020, a framework system with a key role of hygienic stations in it was launched by the Government - visualized as a map of risk on a weekly basis. Four levels of alert will indicate community spread of the virus at the level of municipality (okres). The map serves as a recommendation for preparedness for reaction:

0 - white, no or minimum risk of the spread within the municipality/okres
1 - green, sporadic incidence without community spread
2 - yellow, initiated community spread
3 - red, increased and persistent community spread within the municipality/okres, if necessary, whole region can be indicated as red

The traffic lights system is not as much based on the Covid-19 incidence, but focuses on the situations when the source of the spread is not clear (uncontrolled community spread) and on the capacity to handle the situation (testing points, labs, hospitals, etc). The evaluation is based on 20-25 criteria.

  • Among current hotspots are 2 areas (with no community spread), namely Prague and Frýdek-Místek in Moravian-Silesian region. Generally in hotspots, nose/mouth cover is obligatory in indoor public spaces, size of events is restricted, 2 m distance between persons and strict hygienic rules have to be kept, visits are limited in hospitals and social care facilities, PCR testing of new patients, employees of these facilities is obligatory, bars and restaurants are obliged to remain closed between 23.00 and 8.00, or accommodation restrictions apply. The final list of restrictions is defined by local hygienic stations. More.
  • In Moravian-Silesian region, cross-border workers are obliged to undergo and submit a negative PCR test result (not older than 4 days) every 14 days.
  • In Prague, nose/mouth cover is obligatory when using the underground/metro, as well as in health and social care facilities.
  • Nation-wide, after July 1, nose/mouth cover is obligatory in health and social care facilities, with exceptions. 
  • Until July 1, the obligation to cover nose/mouth was applicable in public transportation, taxis, indoor spaces (buildings, shops, restaurants, castles, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, petrol stations, indoor pavillions of ZOOs) where there is higher concentration of people and/or the distance of 2m can't be kept. Employees in manufacturing facilities and in offices were not obliged to wear nose/mouth cover (obligatory distance of 2m) even earlier. The same exception applied to swimming pools from June 1, see the list of all exceptions as of June 22. After July 1, nose/mouth cover obligation applies locally in areas with higher incidence of Covid-19, as defined by a local hygienic station (see above).
  • The elderly citizens aged 70+ or persons in risk categories are not recommended to stay at crowded places. The shopping hours 8.00-10.00 for the elderly were lifted.
  • Public transportation lines resumed regular operations.
  • The Government decided to relax measures restricting international railway and bus transportation - starting on May 11. International private passenger travel has partially resumed. The transportation companies have to follow emergency measures of the foreign countries through which they travel. Airports in Brno, Karlovy Vary, Ostrava, Pardubice re-opened.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs published updated travel recommendations.
  • The system of traffic lights shows the level of risk in individual countries and shows conditions for entering the Czech Republic. More about border regime here and here.
  • An obligation for landlords using digital platforms (e.g. Airbnb), to inform the municipal trade licensing office, at its request, of the number of contracts concluded for tourism services, the total price for these services, as well as the address of the place where guests were staying. In the future, the data may be used to trace those accommodated in the event of the threat of the infection spreading.
  • 2 m distance in cinemas, concert halls, theatres is recommended. From July 25, face masks are obligatory at events for more than 100 participants. Face masks are recommended in public transportation. Sports and cultural activities are allowed, given the hygienic conditions and the safe distance is met. As of June 22, events for up to 1,000 persons are allowed to take place (updated on July 27 to max. 500 participants indoors, 1,000 at outdoor events, different measures apply to local hotspots). Big events with thousands of participants are banned.
  • From 25 May, ZOOs, castles, aqua parks resumed operations in full scope, including interior parts (mouth/nose cover obligatory). The Government decided to further increase visitor capacity from June 1.
  • From May 11, practically whole retail sector re-opened, including shopping malls. On May 25, hotels and restaurants are allowed to resume their oprerations. From July 1, bars can remain open after 23.00.
  • From April 27, university students from all years can rejoin the educational process, under given conditions (consultations for up to 5 students). From May 11, there can be up to 15 university students in a group. From May 11, secondary school students preparing for their final exams will return to school. Pupils in the final year of elementary school (9th grade) can voluntarily return to school for preparation for exams in groups of up to 15 students. The same rule (up to 15 students in a group) applies to arts, language schools or leisure time activities at centers for youth. On May 25, elementary schools re-opened for classes of up to 15 pupils. From 8 June, secondary level students may return to schools in a consultation format, under given hygienic and social distancing rules (specific types of schools can open from June 1).
  • Summer camps for children (300-500 persons) can tale place from June 27.
  • From May 25, visits in elderly homes, hospitals are allowed, but some hospitals do not allow visits or under limited conditions (see above). Deliberate spread of new coronavirus is a crime.
  • From May 25, all post offices are fully open, opening hours returned to the state prior to the state of emergency.
  • Telecommunications operators and banks are obliged to assist the authorities in tracing the spread of the coronavirus; on March 30, the Government announced Smart Quarantine pilot project launch in the South Moravian region, which has traced the contacts of positively tested individuals to COVID-19 using modern information technology and is intended to help regional hygiene stations trace other potentially infected. The tracing is conducted with assistance of the Czech army and Smart quarantine was extended to all 14 regions of the Czech Republic by May 1. Ministry of Health will take the project over from the army.
  • The second part of the Smart Quarantine project will include improved data sharing between laboratories and hygienic stations. The Government decided on July 27 that the Czech Army will be responsible for the logistics part of Smart Quarantine.
  • Amendment on the powers of the Czech Police and the municipal police to penalise breaches of crisis measures was adopted. Police officers will be able to penalise (up to 10,000 CZK) on the spot any persons in breach of the crisis measures, even in cases that have to be normally dealt with in administrative proceedings.

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