Hygiene measures to be eased further on Monday, 15 June

Given the continuing favourable epidemiological situation, it will be possible to further ease the anti-coronavirus measures from Monday, 15 June. This is the consensus of the epidemiological workgroup of the Ministry of Health. Changes will be made to the rules for the mandatory wearing of face masks, the holding of large events, and for certain establishments and services.

There will be a major change for the organizers of large events held in structurally partitioned areas. The attendance of a maximum of 500 people at one time in each structurally separated sector of the area will be permitted. “However, this only applies when there is a maximum of five such sectors, e.g. in a sports stadium, each of which must have a separate entrance from the outdoors and adequate facilities, and the attendees will not be allowed to move between sectors. Furthermore, the attendees will have to be distributed in a specific manner in the given sector,” specified Health Minister Adam Vojtěch.

When holding large events outdoors, a distance of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained between people in general, except for household members or direct relatives. If the distance is less than 1.5 metres between people, they must use protective respiratory equipment. At large events indoors, except for cinemas, theatres, concert halls, etc., a distance of 2 metres and an obligation to wear a face mask still apply.

There will also be further easing in the rules for using protective respiratory equipment. From 15 June, it will no longer be mandatory to use this equipment outdoors, even in places when two people are close together. However, the obligation to use a face mask will still apply when attending large events outdoors, where people come into contact at a distance of less than 1.5 metres. “The obligation to wear face masks will also continue to apply at all indoor premises of buildings and public transit vehicles for some time,” Health Minister Adam Vojtěch added.

There will be a partial easing of restrictions for some establishments and services.  It will be possible to sell foods designated exclusively for direct consumption at farmers’ markets and other markets. However, it will still be necessary to ensure a distance of at least 2 metres between customers. In the case of barber shops and hairdressers, it will no longer be obligatory to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between the barber/hairdresser and customer and other barbers/hairdressers and customers. As for rehabilitation and wellness, the operation of steam saunas will be permitted. Sauna operators will be allowed to conduct sauna rituals, and customers at these facilities will not have to maintain greater distances than those stipulated by standard hygiene regulations. Swimming facilities will be allowed to operate water attractions that create waves and flowing water, e.g. wave pools, white-water rivers, etc. Restaurants will be able to offer buffet dining, e.g. Swedish smorgasbords. Cinemas, theatres, and similar establishments will be allowed to sell food, including beverages. However, visitors still cannot consume any foods or beverages in the auditorium. “This measure must continue to be respected, because theatres and cinemas are able to use the full capacity of the auditorium and it is not mandatory to maintain a two-metre distance between viewers. When consuming foods and beverages, the contagion could spread more easily because face masks would be removed. Unlike in restaurants, secretions from the respiratory passages can be transmitted over the short distance to strangers sitting in the row in front,” added the head of the workgroup for easing quarantine measures, Rastislav Maďar.  

Protective measures regarding the restrictions on crossing the state borders of the Czech Republic as of 15 June 2020 extend the exemption to all qualified workers performing professions under the Highly Qualified Employee Program and Essential and Scientific Staff Program, under the condition they present a negative COVID-19 test. The protective measure also regulates the condition of not issuing visas to applicants not included in the defined exemptions.

The full wording of the extraordinary measures is available here.