Summary of All Measures Applicable in the Czech Republic during the State of Emergency
Pursuant to Articles 5 and 6 of Constitutional Act No 110/1998 Coll., on security of the Czech Republic, the government declares a state of emergency in the Czech Republic from 2 p.m. on 12 March 2002 for 30 days, due to the threat to health in connection with the documented occurrence of the coronavirus (known as SARS CoV-2).
Measures concerning international travel
- From 14 March 2020, all foreigners coming from coronavirus risk territories are prohibited from entering the Czech Republic, with the exception of foreigners who have temporary residence of more than 90 days or permanent residence in the Czech Republic and with the exception of those foreigners whose entry is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- Acceptance of visa applications and applications for temporary and permanent residence has been suspended at Czech embassies, with the exception of those persons whose stay is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- Proceedings concerning short-term visa applications where a decision has not yet been adopted have been suspended, with the exception of those persons whose stay is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- All proceedings concerning applications for a stay in excess of 90 days submitted to embassies have been suspended;
- On 14 March 2020, citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners with a permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic in excess of 90 days are prohibited from entering risk territories, with the exception of those persons who have been granted an exception;
- As of 00:00 hours on 16 March 2020, all foreigners will be prohibited from entering the Czech Republic, with the exception of foreigners who have temporary residence of more than 90 days or permanent residence in the Czech Republic and with the exception of those foreigners whose entry is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
- As of 00:00 hours on 16 March 2020, citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners with a permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic in excess of 90 days will be prohibited from leaving the Czech Republic, with the exception of those persons who have been granted an exception;
- Only persons who document that they are employed within 100 km, as the crow flies, from the Czech border will be permitted to cross the border within the scope of cross-border relations;
- As of 12:00 noon on 13 March, an extraordinary measure is in force ordering all citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners with a permanent or temporary residence in the Czech Republic in excess of 90 days, with the exceptions granted by the Ministry of the Interior, if returning from stays in risk territories, to report this fact by telephone or other remote means to their general practitioner or general paediatrician and spend 14 days in quarantine;
- Drivers of trucks and buses, passenger aircraft crews, train drivers, train crews and wheeltappers, ship captains and vessel crew members, and crews of road management vehicles who transit or ensure transport via risk territories and to whom an exception from compulsory quarantine applies, are recommended by the government to behave with maximum caution in the risk territories and limit to the absolute minimum contact with local staff.
Measures at borders
- As of 00:00 hours on 14 March 2020 until future notice, internal protection of the border with Germany and Austria and the internal air border has been reintroduced;
- The border with Slovakia has been closed due to a decision of the government of the Slovak Republic. Poland will close its borders on Sunday 13 March;
- Crossing the border with Austria and Germany is newly permitted only at eleven selected border crossings and Prague-Ruzyně and Prague-Kbely airports;
- For persons who demonstrably cross the internal border on a regular basis, another eight border crossings with Germany and Austria will be opened from 05:00 to 23:00 hours.
Measures concerning the prohibition of cultural, sports, and other events
- As of 06:00 hours on 13 March 2020, the original prohibition on the holding of events attended by the general public has been extended;
- Until future notice, all theatre, music, film, and other artistic performances, sports, cultural, religious, association, dance, traditional, and other similar events and other gatherings, exhibitions, festivals, funfairs, shows, tastings, markets, and fairs, educational events , both public and private, attended by more than 30 persons at any one time shall be prohibited;
- As of 06:00 hours on 13 March 2020, the presence of the general public in the establishments of the operators of certain services is prohibited – fitness studios, swimming facilities, solaria, saunas, and other wellness services, music and social clubs, entertainment facilities, public libraries, and galleries;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020, the prohibition of the public in the establishments of the operators of certain services is being extended to swimming pools and tourist information centres;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020, the presence of the general public in premises of outdoor and indoor sports facilities shall be restricted to a maximum of 30 persons at any one time;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020, retail sales at marketplaces and market halls shall be prohibited;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020 through to 06:00 hours on 24 March 2020, retail sales and sale of services at outlets shall be prohibited, with the exception of shops selling:
- computer and telecommunication equipment, audio and video receivers, consumer electronics, devices, and other household products;
- automotive fuel;
- heating fuel;
- hygienic goods, cosmetics, and other druggist goods;
- in pharmacies and points dispensing medical products;
- small domestic animals;
- feeds and other articles for animals;
- spectacles, contact lenses, and related goods;
- newspapers and magazines;
- tobacco products;
- laundry and dry-cleaning services;
- sales via the Internet and through other remote means, where such goods and services are the predominant goods or services on sale or offer at the establishment;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020 through to 06:00 on 24 March 2020, the presence of the public at establishments offering dining services, with the exception of establishments not serving the general public (e.g., staff dining, dining for healthcare and social services providers, penal institutions) shall be prohibited; this prohibition shall not apply to sales for consumption outside of the dining establishment (e.g., fast-food establishments with a dispensing windows or take-out foods where the customer does not enter the establishment), which can operate without restriction as to time;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020 through to 06:00 on 24 March 2020, the operation of dining service establishments located in shopping centres with a sales area in excess of 5,000 sq m shall be prohibited;
- Effective from 06:00 hours on 14 March 2020, the operation of gambling points and casinos pursuant to Act No. 186/2016 Coll., on gambling, as amended, shall be prohibited.
Measures concerning school attendance and education events
- As of 13 March 2020, attendance by students of primary, secondary, and tertiary education at schools and education facilities has been prohibited, as well as at mass forms of instruction and examinations during university studies and events organised by such schools;
- Attendance by university students at clinical and practical training and practice is permitted;
- As at the same date, attendance by students in primary artistic education at primary schools of art and language education in language schools having the right to offer state language examinations, and at events organised by such schools is prohibited;
- Furthermore, as at 13 March 2020, attendance by students in one-year foreign language education with daily instruction is prohibited at institutions registered as education institutions providing one-year foreign language courses with daily instruction, pursuant to the Act on State Social Support;
- Furthermore, attendance by children, pupils, students, and other participants in leisure-time courses at education institutions for leisure-time education is prohibited, as well as at competitions and shows organised for children, pupils, and students of schools and education institutions.
Measures in international passenger carriage
- Effective from 00:00 hours on 14 March 2020, all carriers providing international passenger carriage by road with vehicles with a capacity of over 9 persons are prohibited from carrying passengers across the borders of the Czech Republic;
- As at the same date, the same prohibition applies to carriers in international passenger rail carriage and carriers on cross-border inland water transport;
- In commercial passenger air carriage involving the crossing of the borders of the Czech Republic, carriers are prohibited from using any airports other than the Václav Havel international public airport in Prague – Ruzyně;
- This measure shall not apply to the carriage of Czech citizens and citizens with a permanent or temporary stay in the Czech Republic in excess of 90 days who are returning to the Czech Republic, for the transport of empty buses, empty train sets, and empty vessels travelling without passengers back to the Czech Republic or leaving the Czech Republic;
- The Minister of Transport may grant an exception from this measure;
- Until future notice, the prohibition on the driving of trucks in excess of 7.5 tonnes on Czech roads and motorways on Sundays and national holidays is lifted.
Measures in social services
- For as long as the state of emergency is in force in connection with the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic, a labour obligation has been imposed on students attending regular higher professional and tertiary institutions in disciplines focused on social work and social pedagogy, social pedagogy, social and humanitarian work, social work, social and legal work, charitable and social work, or in programmes focused on social work, social policy, social pedagogy, social care, social pathology, law, or special pedagogy, in order to ensure the provision of care in social services facilities;
- Specific works tasks shall be assigned by the government in connection with regional governors and the mayor of the City of Prague;
- Effective from 16 March 2020, for as long as the state of emergency is in force, all social services providers operating day centres are ordered to suspend the operation of such facilities; in necessary cases and to the extent necessary, they must arrange, in cooperation with municipalities, the provision of other appropriate social services to the clients.
Measures in the penal service
- Effective from 00:00 hours on 14 March 2020, for as long as the state of emergency is in force, all visits to accused persons held in detention facilities, convicts in penal facilities, and inmates in security detention institutes are prohibited.
Inclusion of the coronavirus on the list of contagious diseases
- The government has approved an amendment of a Government Regulation which stipulates for the purpose of criminal proceedings what is considered a contagious human illness, contagious animal disease, contagious plant illness, and pests affecting utility plants, with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus being newly added to the list of contagious human diseases;
- This means that intentional spreading of the new coronavirus newly constitutes a criminal offence.