Current measures

Measures valid for the entire Czech Republic

The following rules apply to healthcare facilities with inpatient care and to selected social services facilities throughout the Czech Republic

  • A maximum of two people may visit any one patient at the same time;
  • Each person visiting the patient will be asked whether they exhibit any symptoms of the COVID-19 disease; this will be asked, for example, in a questionnaire;
  • If a visitor exhibits any positive symptoms corresponding to the disease, they will not be permitted to visit the patient;
  • If possible, visits should take place in the outdoor areas of the facility (garden, common terrace, etc.), otherwise in a single room or a room reserved for this purpose;
  • Surfaces must be regularly disinfected with a virucidal agent;
  • All people at inpatient healthcare facilities operated by healthcare service providers and at social service facilities (residential respite care homes, disability care facilities, retirement homes and facilities for people with special needs) are obliged to wear a mouth and nose covering,
    • except for:
      • patients and users of social services;
      • children under two years of age;
      • people with intellectual disabilities, cognitive disorders or severely altered mental states or whose mental capacity or current mental state does not allow them to observe this obligation;
      • healthcare workers for the time strictly necessary, if required to engage in healthcare services;
      • employees and people in similar positions, if they are at least 1.5 meters away from other people at the workplace;
      • other cases worthy of consideration as deemed by the healthcare or social services provider or the attending physician.

With effect from 27 July 2020, throughout the Czech Republic

  • The maximum number of persons attending large events held indoors is 500 people at any one time in any one section. The maximum permitted number of sections is 5.
  • The maximum number of attendees at large outdoor events is 1000 people at any one time.

Local measures of individual regional health authorities

Vysočina Region with the exception of the municipalities of Jihlava, Telč and all municipalities for which they perform extended competence, with effect from 29 July 2020

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • The movement of all persons on the indoor premises of healthcare facilities, including pharmacies and all indoor premises of social services facilities.

South Bohemian Region, effective from 28 July 2020

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • The movement of all persons on the indoor premises of healthcare facilities, including pharmacies and all indoor premises of social service facilities.
  • The movement of persons in publicly-accessible indoor premises of authorities, valid also for employees when coming into contract with the public and moving about buildings.

The territories of the municipalities of Prachatice and all municipalities over which they have extended jurisdiction, effective from 28 July 2020

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • All persons on indoor premises, except for the domicile.
  • All persons in means of public transport (trains, buses, public transit) and taxi services.

Prachatice Hospital, a. s. and social service facilities located in the administrative district of ORP Prachatice

  • prohibition of visits

Recommendations for the South Bohemia region valid from 28 July 2020

Recommendation to wear a mask for:

  • All persons in indoor premises, e.g. post offices, stores and shopping centres, authorities, restaurants, etc.
  • All persons in means of public transport (trains, buses, public transit) and taxi services.

Capital city of Prague

  • The obligation to wear masks applies to:
    • the metro and all metro areas, effective from 25 July 2020,
    • people moving about and staying in all healthcare facilities, effective from 27 July 2020

The territories of the municipalities of Bílovec, Bohumín, Český Těšín, Frenštát pod Radhoštěm,  Frýdek – Místek, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Havířov, Hlučín, Jablunkov, Karviná, Kopřivnice, Kravaře, Nový Jičín, Odry, Opava, Orlová, Ostrava, Třinec, Vítkov and all municipalities over which these have expanded jurisdiction, effective from 24 July 2020 from 6 a.m.

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • all indoor premises of buildings except for the home;
  • inside motorised vehicles, e.g. public transport, taxis, etc. (does not apply to members of one household).

Duties of cross-border workers:

  • submission of a medical certificate of completion of the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, 1x every 14 days (the test must not be older than 4 days).

Other measures:

  • Group events are allowed up to a maximum of 100 participants (with a maximum of 5 sectors of 100 participants each), both indoors and outdoors.
  • Closing of dining service facilities between 00:00 and 8:00 hours.
  • Visits to patients and healthcare facilities and social services clients, under the condition that the visitor wears at least a FFP2 respirator without a breathing valve and simultaneously maintains a distance of 2 meters from patients and staff.
  • Entry filter of patients and employees when entering healthcare facilities.
  • Testing of new patients upon admission in inpatient healthcare facilities and in residential social care facilities using RT-PCR/Rapid tests.
  • Restrictions on the admission of persons to residential social care facilities (with the exception of persons who have medical confirmation that they have passed the RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2, no older than 4 days).
  • Restriction of employees meeting in manufacturing enterprises within the framework of different shifts.
  • There may be no more than 100 people at natural and artificial swimming facilities at the same time, and simultaneously there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m² of the premises accessible to visitors.

The territories of the municipalities of of Bruntál, Krnov, Rýmařov and all municipalities over which they have extended jurisdiction, effective from 24 July 2020 6 a.m.

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • persons moving about the interior areas of healthcare facilities providing out-patient care

Duties of cross-border workers:

  • submission of a medical certificate of completion of the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, 1x every 14 days (the test must not be more than 4 days old).

The duty to perform a PCR test when admitting new patients to healthcare facilities providing in-patient care

  • with the exception of patients who submit medical confirmation that they have undergone a PCR test for SARS CoV-2 with a negative result, no more than 4 days old.

Prohibition of admission of new clients to social service facilities (pursuant to Section 34 of Act No. 108/2006 Sb., on social services)

  • with the exception of persons who submit medical confirmation that they have undergone a PCR test for SARS CoV-2 with a negative result, no more than 4 days old.

Ústí Region, with effect from 7:00 a.m. on Friday, 24 July 2020

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • All people moving through or present at healthcare and social services facilities.

Liberec Region, effective as of Friday 24 July 2020 from 7 a.m.

  1. The obligation to wear face masks applies:
    1. to visitors to all medical facilities
    2. to people shopping in pharmacies
    3. in selected social services facilities (also applies to field workers providing social services)

Cadastral area of the municipality of Vlčnov, with effect from 4:00 p.m., 18 July 2020

The obligation to wear masks applies to:

  • Any travel on public transit;
  • Inside motor vehicles, except when a person is alone in a closed vehicle or when a person is travelling without members of their household;
  • Any establishment performing epidemiologically relevant activities in accordance with Section 19(1) of the Act on Public Health Protection, except establishments involved in catering services;
  • All retail stores;
  • Shopping centers;
  • Healthcare facilities;
  • Social services facilities (including auxiliary and home care);
  • Public events held at indoor or outdoor premises;
  • Any location where people are at a distance of 1.5 m or less from each other, except in their own homes.

The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to:

  • Children under two years of age;
  • Preschool children when they attend preschool or a children’s playgroup;
  • People with intellectual disorders, cognitive disorders or severely altered mental states or whose mental capacity or current mental state does not allow them to observe this prohibition.

When large events are held outdoors or indoors, the following rules must be observed:

  • The number of people attending at any one time must not exceed 500;
  • A distance of at least 1.5 meters must be maintained between any person, except members of the same household;
  • Containers with virucidal disinfectants for hand hygiene must be available.

Visits to residential social service facilities and all residential respite care facilities are prohibited, except for:

  • Visits to social services users who are minors;
  • Visits to social services users whose legal capacity is restricted;
  • Visits to social services users in the terminal stage of an incurable illness.

All social services providers at disability care facilities, seniors’ homes and special needs homes and all social services providing welfare services as an in-patient facility are ordered to:

  • Only accept people for the purpose of providing social services at their facilities if these people have been tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the test has indicated a negative result;
  • Accommodate people who have been accepted into the facility for the purpose of receiving social care in a separate room for 14 days from the day of their acceptance, effective as of the date of this extraordinary measure.

Territory of Jihlava, Telč and all municipalities for which they perform extended competence, effective from 3:00 p.m. on 14 July 2020

  • The obligation to wear masks applies:
    • on public transit,
    • in motor vehicles, unless you are alone in a closed vehicle (except for members of one household)
    • at establishments operating epidemiologically relevant activities, with the exception of dining services (e.g. hairdresser, manicure, pedicure salons)
    • at all retail stores,
    • at shopping centers with a sales area exceeding 5000 m2,
    • at all healthcare facilities (including outpatient),
    • at all social service facilities (including auxiliary and home care),
    • at public events held on indoor and outdoor premises,
    • at all places where persons are at a distance of 1.5 m or less from each other, except the home.



From 1 July, the rules of operation of selected entities will be adjusted as follows (full text of the extraordinary measure)

in all establishments:

  • Customers are informed about the need to keep a distance of 2 meters and are asked to pay by card.
  • Disinfectants are placed for customers and employees by frequently touched objects (handles, railings, shopping carts).
  • In the case of the sale of unpackaged bread, it is ensured that there is no grouping of people at the point of sale and that the place is equipped with personal hygiene aids.
  • Self-service food retailers must provide customers with free disposable gloves or other hand protection.

farmers’ markets and other outdoor markets:

  • Operators shall ensure spacing between stands of at least 2 meters and shall place disinfectants at each location.

Libraries:

  • Library staff performs hand hygiene with increased frequency during contact with books.
  • At the entrance, customers will also disinfect their hands and disinfectant will be provided to the customers by the library operator.

Sale of clothing and footwear:

  • Clothing and footwear are tested only after previous hand disinfection.
  • When returning clothes as part of a complaint, the clothes are stored separately from other goods for 24 hours.

Barbers and hairdressers:

  • If the barber or the customer has a temperature of 37 ° and higher, he/she is prevented from entering the premises.
  • Disinfectants are available in the establishment.
  • The hairdresser always disinfects his/her hands before and after providing the services.
  • Surface disinfection, including the hairdressing aids used, is performed after each customer.
  • The floor must be disinfected at least once per day.

Manicure, pedicure, massage, beauty services and pedology establishments

  • If the operator or the customer has a temperature of 37 ° and higher, he/she is prevented from entering the premises.
  • Disinfectants are available in the establishment.
  • Surface disinfection, including all used instruments, is carried out after providing the service to each customer.
  • The floor must be disinfected at least once per day.
  • The person providing this service uses disposable gloves (except for massages) when performing their work, which they will replace for every customer.
  • The person providing the service will disinfect their hands before and after the massage.
  • Before providing the service, the treatment area for the customer must be disinfected.

Theaters, cinemas, concert halls, circuses and similar establishments

  • The operator will ensure that at least one person supervises the observance of the following rules and will encourage viewers and other persons to observe them.
  • There shall be a maximum of 1,000 viewers in the audience, with the exception of areas where the regional hygiene station has adopted local measures due to the worsened epidemiological situation in connection with COVID-19 (see below).
  • There must be a distance of at least 2 meters between the ticket vendors.
  • Customers are asked through information materials to maintain a distance of 2 meters and preferably pay with a payment card.
  • Hand disinfectant is available at the entrance and in bathrooms. Before the start of the performance, the entire space intended for the audience is disinfected; cleaning is performed continuously, even during operation (disinfection of levers, handles, counters, etc.).

Catering services

  • Customers are asked through information materials to maintain a distance of 2 meters and preferably pay with a payment card.
  • Hand disinfectant must be available to customers when entering the indoor and outdoor premises of the catering service facility.
  • Tables and chairs will be disinfected before seating every new group of customers.
  • In the case of sales through a sales window, the sales window must be disinfected at least every 2 hours.
  • If an employee of the establishment has a body temperature of 37 °C or higher or has other symptoms of the COVID-19 disease, he/she will be restricted from entering the establishment.

Shopping centers with a sales area exceeding 5,000 m2

  • The operator will ensure that at least one person supervises the observance of the following rules and will encourage customers and other persons to observe them.
  • The operator shall ensure the visible marking of recommendations for maintaining a spacing of 2 meters between persons in publicly accessible areas in the shopping center.
  • A systemic cleaning plan will be implemented, which defines the system of cleaning, disinfection, or decontamination of common areas based on expert recommendations from the local regional public health authority.
  • The gathering of persons will be restricted, particularly in areas where this can be expected, e.g. in underground garages, areas in front of elevators, escalators, bathrooms, etc.
  • At each entrance for customers and employees to the shopping center, the possibility of hand disinfection shall be provided at least in the area of each cash register or cash zone.
  • Payment terminals will be disinfected at regular intervals.
  • A visible recommendation to maintain a distance of 2 meters from others on the outlet premises will be posted at the entrance to every establishment.
  • The operator will ensure the training of employees in order to ensure and verify their awareness of the measures, symptoms of the disease and prevention of contagion, including the protection of visitors and employees.

Indoor sports grounds and related indoor areas of outdoor sports grounds

  • It is recommended to ensure the disinfection of machines and other exercise equipment and gear after being used by every client.
  • The operator shall continuously disinfect places where clients congregate and ensure hand disinfection for staff and clients.
  • Clients will mandatorily disinfect their hands before starting and after concluding exercise.
  • The operator shall adjust the time schedule so that the cleaning, ventilation and disinfection of the premises take place between the individual lessons.
  • The operator shall ensure the greatest possible dispersion of persons in changing rooms and the possibility of hand disinfection.
  • The operator shall continuously decontaminate the places where clients pass through (regular cleaning and disinfection).
  • The operator shall ensure daily cleaning and disinfection of the interior of the cabinets during the day and after the end of operations.

Establishments in which the integrity of the skin is compromised

  • Hand disinfection is available to customers at the entrance to the facility.
  • If there are several employees in the room at the same time, the individual workplaces must be separated by a curtain.
  • The chair/recliner must be disinfected after every customer.

Saunas

  • The customer must disinfect their hands before entry.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are available to customers throughout the premises.
  • The operator checks the saunas and observance of measures with increased frequency.
  • Surfaces touched by hands are disinfected regularly.
  • All linens are disinfected by boiling (sheets, towels, face masks).
  • Ice wells and crystalline cooling is not in operation.
  • Employees disinfect their hands regularly.
  • 100% air exchange using air conditioning equipment is performed.
  • Intensive cleaning and disinfection of the entire premises is performed using virucidal products every day after closing operations, beyond the scope of standard cleaning.
  • A dispenser with disinfectant soap will be installed in every shower.

Archive of the easing up of measures in April-June 2020