Government Restrictions of Activities inside the Czech Republic

State of Emergency was declared on March 12 and was terminated on May 17, 2020The government announced on May 11 they were not planning to ask the Chamber of Deputies for extension of the state of emergency. From October 5, Government declared again state of emergency for 30 days, with further extensions, until February 14. The current state of emergency is declared for February 15-28, 2021.

Last update on February 23, 2021. 

All current measures can be found here

Government decrees in English can be found here.

On November 13, The Ministry of Health introduced a 5-stage PES (Protiepidemický systém) nation-wide system based on the index of risk (scale 0-100) as an improved tool to indicate the level of Covid-19 emergency in the Czech Republic (green (score up to 20), yellow (score up to 40), orange (score up to 60), red (score up to 75) and purple stage). The index will be calculated on a daily basis. Based on the index value, shifts between stages will be possible. The assessment will be published regularly and the shift to a different color stage will take place if recommended by the Health Ministry and approved by the Government.


  • Measures valid February 15 - 28, 2021:
  • From February 15, the crisis measures are at Stage 5 of the PES system, based on the Ministry of Health´s recommendations.

    The nation-wide epidemiological system PES currently remains at the 5th stage. Newly (as of February 25, 12am, until further notice) respirators FFP2/KN95 or higher, surgery masks or other face covers that follow conditions and requirements of CSN EN 14683+AC are obligatory in public spaces (where a distance of more than 2m cannot be kept). Until February 28, a transitional expception period applies, during which it will be temporarily allowed to use other face protective equipment. 

    As of February 25, 12am, it will be obligatory to wear respirators or two surgery masks at shops, outpatient health care facilities, social services facilities, public transport, international airports, platforms and waiting rooms of public transport, with exceptions of children under 15. Home-made face masks are no longer allowed

  • Ban on free movement is in place aa well as night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am. It is possible to hold weddings, funerals and religious gatherings for up to 15 people, religious gatherings for up to 10% of seat capacity, under strict hygienic measures. The limit for the gathering of non-family members is two persons. 
  • Grades 1 and 2 of elementary attend school buildings, older pupils and students pursue online education. Kindergartens and schools for children with special needs remain open. Possible return of final years of elementary and secondary schools is March 1. Visits to the inpatient health care facilities, homes for the elderly are banned.
  • Operation of restaurants has been possible only via take-away windows, hotel restaurants are only allowed to serve food to the hotel guests 5am-9pm, or serve customers via their take-away windows. Food delivery is not affected. Hotels and accommodation facilities can serve only business travellers, foreigners stranded in the country and other listed exceptions. Alcohol drinking or selling over take-away windows in public places continues to be banned. 
  • Most retail units in shopping centers and most shops and service providers remain closed, and those that remain open are obliged to follow strict hygienic conditions (limited number of persons, 2m distance between customers, 15 m2 per customer). Indoor sports activities are not allowed. Cultural institutions remain closed.
  • From February 15, public authorities offices returned to full opening hours for general public.


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