Hairdressers and other body care services will open on 3 May, more pupils will return to schools in three regions

On Monday, 3 May, hairdressers, pedicurists or beauty parlours will be allowed to reopen across the country. Moreover, in the Karlovy Vary, the Hradec Králové and the Plzeň Regions, schools will open on a weekly rotational basis and subject to epidemic control measures for pupils in the lower level of six-year or eight-year grammar schools, pupils of the first four grades of the eight-year conservatory educational programme and pupils of upper primary schools. The relevant changes in the extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health were discussed by Andrej Babiš’s government at its meeting on Monday, 26 April 2021.

Body care services and animal care services will be permitted under the condition that each staff member cares for one client at a time, clients keep at least two-meter distance from each other and every client shows a valid negative COVID-19 test result, or a proof of completed vaccination or of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. In the Hradec Králové, the Plzeň and the Karlovy Vary Regions, individual tours will be permitted in museums, galleries, castles, chateaux and other historic or cultural structures. Their visitors will be obligated to use respirators.

From 3 May, pupils in the Hradec Králové, the Plzeň and the Karlovy Vary Regions will be able to attend in-person instruction in the lower level of six-year and eight-year grammar schools, in the first four years of the eight-year conservatory education programme and in the upper primary schools, under the condition of rotating presence of classes. The newly opened school grades are added to the extraordinary measure on the compulsory testing in schools and also to the measure of wearing breathing protection.

The opened schools will be allowed to do sports, and the above-mentioned regions will be able to renew outdoor sport preparation of amateur sportspeople up to the age of 18, organised by sport unions under the conditions that there will be at least 15 metres square per one sporting person, that the groups do not exceed twenty people, that the sportspeople do not use changing rooms and other indoor spaces, and that they produce a valid COVID-19 negative test, or prove recovery from or vaccination against COVID-19.

The ban on operation of spa facilities will be partially lifted. Spa curative rehabilitation care will be provided if it is at least partially paid from public health insurance or is provided to a patient who has recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, who has completed the ordered isolation and their first positive POC antigen test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen or RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen is not older than 90 days.

The Ministry of Health has extended the list of countries with an extreme COVID-19 risk with India. Czechs and Czech Republic residents are prohibited to travel to the extreme risk countries and those who return from those countries or arrive from them to the Czech Republic as foreign nationals are subject to strict rules laid down by the Ministry, with consent of the government.

The government approved an increase in the state budget funding for extraordinary remuneration of the staff of inpatient healthcare facilities. The issued call received 232 subsidy applications and 44 applications for contributions to the authorities funding the care at a total of CZK 12 419 578 724, which exceeded the maximum contribution from the state budget set by the government at CZK 12.2 billion. The cabinet decided to release the remaining more than CZK 219.5 million from the budget to satisfy all the claims.

The ministers endorsed the intent of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to issue a decision on income tax remission due to an extraordinary event caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak. The income tax waiver for the tax period between 1 April 2019 and 30 April 2021 will concern cases where the taxpayers invested in purchasing assets for vocational training and applied the relevant tax credit for that investment pursuant to Section 34g of the Income Tax Act. However, as a result of the ordered epidemic control measures, the taxpayers got into a situation where, without a fault of their own, they cannot demonstrate a sufficient extent of use of the purchased assets for vocational training in the subsequent tax periods, which is one of the conditions for applying the tax credit, and they would have to raise their tax base by the previously applied tax credit. Therefore, the Minister of Finance will exempt them from this tax supplement through a full pardon under the condition that the mandatory period of use of such assets for vocational training will be subsequently met in the tax periods still left out of the three required.

The government discussed and noted information on the preparation of notification of an umbrella aid scheme pursuant to Article 3.1 of Communication from the Commission — Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak 2020. In an attempt to reduce the number of continuously processed and assessed notifications from all EU Member States, the European Commission called upon the Member States to submit to the Commission general umbrella aid schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The umbrella aid schemes will help to avoid the necessity to notify, and for the Commission to approve, each separate support programme individually.