Leisure activities with O-N (vaccine or recovery) only. The government approves new measures

The government today approved an emergency measure of the Ministry of Health, under which it will only be possible to demonstrate vaccination or a certificate of having been ill in the last 180 days for leisure activities, starting from 22 November. This will end the recognition of antigen and, with exceptions, PCR tests.

As of 22 November, antigen and PCR tests will no longer be part of the OTN system and cannot be presented in places where an OTN is required, such as restaurants, service establishments (hairdressers, beauticians, etc.), indoor sports venues, swimming pools, and various mass events.

An exception applies to children under 12 years of age who, as before, will not be required to demonstrate proof at all.  Young people aged between 12 and 18 or those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons will still be able to take advantage of the tests.  However, their doctor must enter the reason for the contraindication to vaccination in the Infectious Disease Information System (ISIN).  In addition, it will also be possible to present a test, for example, when entering a spa rehabilitation facility, accommodation at university halls of residence or in elections to corporate bodies.  PCR tests as well as antigen tests, but exclusively those performed by healthcare professionals, will also be recognized for visits to hospitals or social service facilities, including the presence of the father at a birth.

“We are in a very serious situation, as evidenced by the current numbers of diagnosed cases.  We are convinced that the epidemic is not spreading because of the vaccinated.  This does not mean that they cannot get infected, but the vaccinated are not filling the hospitals.  That is why we have decided that people who want to use services, go to a restaurant, stay somewhere or attend mass events will only be able to show a certificate of completed vaccination or a certificate of having had COVID-19 in the last 180 days,” said Health Minister Adam Vojtěch, adding that the measure will also apply to weddings, funerals and other similar events.

Vaccinated people who are two weeks past their first dose or not yet two weeks past their second dose will also have to submit a PCR test along with their vaccine confirmation.  They will have five PCR tests per month covered by health insurance.  People who have completed their vaccination will then have two PCR tests per month.

At today’s meeting, the government also discussed mandatory testing for COVID-19 at companies and schools.  The government will make a final decision at their meeting on Friday, November 19.