PCR tests at events for over 1000 people and OTN controls on ski hills. The government approves new measures

In view of the current epidemic situation, the government has approved new extraordinary measures today. From 22 November, antigen tests for COVID-19 will be recognized at mass events only for 1000 people with an antigen test. Other visitors must provide proof of vaccination, testing or recovery (OTN). A new limit of 1000 persons has also been stipulated for outdoor mass events, meaning the same number as for indoor events. The OTN system will also apply to chairlifts and cableways.

From 22 November, antigen tests for COVID-19 will be recognized at mass events only for 1000 people with an antigen test. Other visitors must have a PCR test or confirmation of recovery from the disease or vaccination, i.e. the OTN system. Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for smaller events. A new limit of 1000 persons has also been stipulated for outdoor mass events, meaning the same number as for indoor events. Based on an agreement with cultural societies and the Association of Ski Resorts,
ski resort operators will introduce the OTN system during the purchase of chairlift and cableway tickets from 1 December.

“Thorough OTN controls are crucial in fighting the pandemic. The conditions for the forthcoming ski season will be similar to other services. The OTN system will be implemented when purchasing chairlift tickets,” said Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch. Other measures will affect visits at social care facilities. As in other cases, the validity of antigen tests is shortened to one day and PCR tests to three days, starting from 15 November. The changes will not affect the testing of employees at these facilities once per week, which is mandatory for the unvaccinated. These tests continue to be paid by health insurance companies.