From July onwards, strict anti-epidemic measures will only apply in certain parts of the Moravian-Silesian Region
From the point of view of the Czech Republic as a whole, the epidemiological situation in relation to the COVID-19 disease is still stable, though the number of people who are infected is growing in locations with existing local outbreaks in the Moravian-Silesian Region. This is why anti-epidemic measures will be tightened here starting on 30 June as opposed to the rest of the country. Wearing mouth and nose coverings at large events and in the metro will remain compulsory in Prague. Throughout the rest of the country, masks will only be compulsory when visiting healthcare or social care facilities.
Starting on 1 July, the blanket restriction on opening hours for premises providing catering services (restaurants, bars and discotheques, etc.) between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. will be lifted and most of the country will be able to take off their masks. The compulsory covering of the mouth and nose will only remain in force nationwide in medical and social care facilities, this also relating to home care agencies. “The reason for this is to ensure the targeted protection of vulnerable population groups,” said Adam Vojtěch, Minister of Health.
The compulsory wearing of masks will remain in force throughout the whole of the Moravian-Silesian Region at public events with more than 100 people and will still apply to people who perform an activity which poses an epidemiological risk in contact closer than 1.5 metres from the client, with the exception of catering services. The compulsory covering of the face and mouth inside all buildings outside of a person’s home and on public transport will apply to selected municipalities in the Karviná and Frýdek-Místek areas in the Moravia-Silesian Region. The people of Prague will not be able to do away with masks completely, still having to wear them at indoor public events with more than 100 people and in the underground system (the metro).
“We are focusing all of the efforts of our public health officers towards the Moravian-Silesian Region, in particular the Karviná region. The last major increases in positive cases again related to this location, which experienced a local outbreak. These increases are in particular given by the massive level of testing people who had any contact with miners and unfortunately by the lack of discipline among members of the public. It is not uncommon for people exhibiting symptoms to attend celebrations and other public events. The public health officers then have to deal with hundreds of people who may have come into contact with them. I would like to ask the public to act more responsibly in this respect. This type of behaviour has a major impact on the epidemiological situation in the country,” said the Minister, describing the situation, and added: “As opposed to the rest of the country, we will be tightening up the measures in the Karviná and Frýdek-Místek districts as well as in other surrounding municipalities in this part of the Moravian-Silesian Region. If we don’t want new cases to spread to other regions, we have to act more assertively now. We will also definitely be continuing with massive testing here. Prague is now stable. But despite this, we do see a risk at large events and in the metro, and this is why we will also be leaving the obligation to wear masks in place there.”
From Tuesday, 30 June until further notice, the regional public health authority in the Moravian-Silesian Region will be introducing the following for the municipalities of Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Jablunkov, Bohumín, Havířov, Orlová, Český Těšín, Třinec and all municipalities for which they exercise extended powers:
- a limit to the maximum number of people allowed at the same time at indoor and outdoor public events of 100 (at events without an auditorium, a distance of at least 2 metres must be ensured between people and disinfectants must be available), in the case of sectors, the maximum of 100 people will apply to each sector,
- masks must be worn inside all buildings outside of a person’s home and on public transport,
- the maximum number of people allowed at natural and artificial swimming pools at the same time is 100 and, at the same time, there must be no more than one visitor per 10 m2 of the premises accessible to visitors. Visitors should maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from each other.
- restriction in the operation of premises providing catering services between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 8.00 a.m., including outdoor areas of the premises, sale is possible via a serving window,
- entry filter of patients and employees when entering healthcare facilities,
- ban on visiting patients in inpatient healthcare facilities and in residential social care facilities with certain exceptions,
- testing of employees working in inpatient healthcare facilities and in residential social care facilities using RT-PCR/Rapid tests,
- confirmation of having taken an RT-PCR test for clients on admittance to residential social care facilities,
- restriction of employees meeting in manufacturing enterprises within the framework of different shifts.
Last, but not least, cross-border workers throughout the whole of the Moravian-Silesian Region will be obliged to provide confirmation of a negative test to their employer. The reason for this is the major increase in positive tests among precisely this group of workers.
“There are regions with no increase in people testing positive. This is why workers from the public health authorities in these regions will now be helping out in the Moravian-Silesian Region where the situation is the worst, searching for positive contacts using Smart Quarantine tools,” said Jarmila Rážová, Chief Public Health Officer CZ, explaining the situation.
“The measures which have been adopted are based on the recommendations of the epidemiology group. We will be carefully monitoring the situation, in particular in the Karviná region. At this moment in time, it is important to avoid large gatherings of people and this is why we ask, on behalf of the epidemiologists, that people in affected locations exercise restraint and pay close attention to their state of health. A lot of positive cases are created needlessly. If any people from locations which have experienced local outbreaks travel to other regions in our country, we recommend that they wear masks if they come into close contact with others inside buildings,” said Rastislav Maďar, head of the Working Group for Lifting the Quarantine attached to the Ministry, in a message to the public.
In cooperation with the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, the Ministry of Health has prepared a scoring system for the evaluation of local regional high-risk development. The system is projected onto a map which the ministry will continuously update on the koronavirus.mzcr.cz website. A similar system is applicable to any epidemic of an infectious disease. “Individual levels are not only a signal for members of the public, warning of a risk of infection in the given region, but also to show them whether the public health protection authority with jurisdiction over the region has ordered any compulsory anti-epidemic measures,” adds Rážová.
“We monitor immediate changes – growth as compared to the value from the previous day, positive cases in the vulnerable population aged 65+ and any growth in the number of people hospitalised. We also focus on the seven-day trend. The risk score is 0-10. Zero means no current occurrence of the disease and ten means the highest risk, i.e. escalation of occurrence of the disease in time and growing numbers of people hospitalised. The Karviná area is currently worst hit, the level there being 4-6, which means a growing trend in occurrence and borderline risk of community spread. In other locations which have experienced local outbreaks, the risk is low at this moment in time, the score there ranging from 1 to 3. We do find here sporadic occurrences with no significant trend,” said Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, explaining the situation.