Ministry of Health has prepared a manual for the beginning of the school year, the government discussed it today

At its session today, the Government discussed a document from the Ministry of Health on anti-epidemic measures in schools. The manual envisages universal preventive testing at the beginning of the school year and also defines the rules for wearing nose and mouth protection. The cabinet also addressed rules for sports and cultural events and testing for regular activities such as scout divisions.

Recording of the press conference of Ministers Adam Vojtěch and Robert Plaga on Tuesday, 17 August 2021

The Manual for School Facilities (only in the Czech language), which is effective from 31 August, includes universal preventive testing in the first two weeks after the start of the school year. Its aim is to detect viral loads among pupils after the end of the holidays. The material also includes a measure on the wearing of masks, which includes in particular the setting of a regime for children attending preparatory classes.

“The smooth course of the school year is our priority. The beginning of the school year can be crucial for the development of the current epidemiological situation. That is why I have proposed to the Government that pupils should undergo universal preventive testing immediately after the start of the school year. This way we will be able to detect any possible infection from the holidays in time and prevent its spread,” statedHealth Minister Adam Vojtěch in explanation of the importance of universal testing in schools.

The Government also discussed the extraordinary measure on retail trade effective from 1 September. A new feature is the increase in the capacity of catering establishments, which can now seat up to six people together at one table. There is also an increase in the capacity of participants in choirs, which can now be attended by up to 50 people.

The 7-day validity of antigen tests is also being introduced for participants in regular activities such as sports training and scout divisions. However, the validity of the tests only applies to the activity itself, not, for example, to visiting a restaurant. This change applies from 1 September.

From 1 September, the conditions for attending sports and cultural events have also been modified. Events with a capacity of up to 3,000 people can be occupied by participants who meet the OTN requirements (vaccinated persons, persons tested, persons recovered from illness).  If the capacity is higher, at least half of the capacity must now be occupied by persons who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19. The remaining capacity may be also filled with tested persons.

The cabinet also discussed an amendment that will allow online testing to be used as an alternative to on-site testing starting from 1 September – e.g. at barbershops, mass events, etc. This is testing where the person tests themselves under the supervision of a healthcare professional who is connected via webcam.  The validity of the test will then be 24 hours.

The changes also affect the list of countries with an extreme risk of contagion or the return of family members to the country, effective from 23 August.