Government approves a state of emergency for 30 days

As of midnight tonight, 26 November, a state of emergency has been declared due to the adverse epidemic situation, lasting until 25 December. The tightening of anti-epidemic measures will be in force from Friday, 26 November at 6 p.m.

There will be a new restriction on public presence at catering establishments, clubs, gambling halls and casinos between 10:00 p.m. and 4:59 a.m.  Mass events comprising leisure activities for children and adults will also be restricted, with the maximum number of people allowed at an event being reduced from 1,000 to 100.  For cultural performances, sports matches and educational events, the number of spectators is limited to a maximum of 1,000 people.  Additionally, the operation of Advent and Christmas markets and the consumption of alcohol in public are banned.  A work obligation for outpatient specialists is announced.

 “We must act quickly, so the new regulations will be in force before the weekend, when more social contact takes place.  Most of the existing restrictions will remain in force, especially the rule that entry to a restaurant or hairdresser is only possible on the basis of a certificate of vaccination or recovery from the disease, known as the O-N system,” explained Health Minister Adam Vojtěch.

On Friday, 26 November, stricter measures will be in place when visiting restaurants and music, dance, game and similar social clubs and discos, gambling halls and casinos.  They will now have to be closed to the public between 10:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.  Dispensing windows will still be allowed to operate at this time of night.

For mass events, the existing limit on the total number of participants for children’s and adult leisure activities is changed from 1,000 to 100 people.  These include various social, sporting, cultural, traditional and dance events and other similar events and celebrations.  Cultural performances, sports matches and educational events may be attended by a maximum of 1,000 people in total and all the spectators must be seated.

In addition, from Friday onwards, there will be a ban on drinking alcoholic beverages in public places, with the exception of indoor catering establishments where alcohol consumption will be permitted.  Advent and Christmas markets will be banned, except for the sale of Christmas trees and carp, which may continue to operate unrestricted. This ban does not apply to sales at farmers’ markets, which may continue to operate under the current measures subject to conditions.

Additionally, there is a ban on the consumption of food in shopping centers, including food courts.  This ban does not apply to restaurants which are separate in shopping centers.

At the same time as the state of emergency is declared, a work obligation will be imposed on doctors and non-medical health professionals in outpatient, day-care or inpatient care facilities where patients with Covid-19 are not hospitalized. All healthcare service providers providing acute inpatient care to patients with the COVID-19 disease can take advantage of this obligation.