State of Emergency was declared on March 12 and was terminated on May 17, 2020. The 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.
Last update on October 22, 2020.
On October 5 started the state of emergency in the Czech Republic for 30 days, with the stated objective of decreasing the reproduction number of the virus by 40% from 1.2 to 0.8. The first set of emergeny measures was supposed to be effective for 14 days - until October 19 - primarily to limit free time activities and general public contacts, but due to the increase in incidence, stricter measures apply effective from October 9 and subsequently from October 14 (see above).
From September 18 nationwide, students, pupils and staff at all schools, except pupils of grades 1-4 of elementary schools, are obliged to wear face masks, including in classrooms during the educational process. The Ministry of Health is asking schools to limit all mass school events, excursions and similar activities. The Ministry have asked businesses to postpone bigger events, teambuildings and similar company events. General population was asked to stick to the „3R rule“ (face masks, hands disinfection, social distance).
The Ministry of Health Care reintroduced an obligation to wear face masks in all indoor spaces and common spaces within schools nationwide from September 10. Face masks are obligatory outside the place of residence or place of accommodation (eg. hotel room). This applies to public transportation, airports, public offices, retail stores, shoping malls, and also to the commercial offices where employees are obliged to wear face masks if working in one office with less than 2m distance from each other. The emergency measure does not apply to children under the age of two, children and teachers in kindergartens, hospitalized patients, people performing the author's work, moderators, athletes during sports training or competition, fiancés during the wedding ceremony and others, see the ministry´s press release. Face masks are obligatory at all events held indoors (regardless of the number of participants).
Based on a decision of the Government Council for health risks on September 14, the obligation to undergo quarantine will not be applied on the person who met infected person, if both were wearing face masks properly during the encounter. Also, those who have already healed from Covid-19 in the past 90 days will not be obliged to stay in quarantine.
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.
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 during night, or accommodation restrictions apply. In border regions, regular PCR testing of cross-border workers may be required. The final list of restrictions is defined by local hygienic stations. More.
SPRING, SUMMER 2020