The ban on retail sales and the sale of services is extended under the extraordinary measure
Based on today’s government session, the Ministry of Health has issued an extraordinary measure which extends the ban on retail sales and the sale of services at facilities, except for selected stores. The exemptions newly include locksmith shops, service shops for household products, carwashes and activities concerning burial. The ban on sales also does not apply to the provision of accommodation services to persons for the purpose of performing their occupation and foreigners with work permits, or foreigners until they leave the Czech Republic.
Furthermore, the ban does not apply to the retail sale of food, fuel, hygienic products, medicinal products, medical equipment, animal supplies, glasses and lenses, tobacco products, newspapers and magazines and other exemptions specified in the extraordinary measure. This ban also does not apply to activities which are not trades pursuant to the trades act. It is newly ordered that business owners running a self-service grocery store provide disposable gloves free of charge to customers at each entrance to such a store, or other similar hand protection (e.g. plastic bags).
The aim of the proposed changes, in connection to measures previously adopted under the government resolution of 14 March 2020, is to temporarily place a maximum restriction on social contacts among people, with the exception of the retail sale of goods and services in essential areas, so as to avoid, to the greatest extent possible, the community transmission of the coronavirus disease.
The extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health is based on the government resolution and was issued for the period from 6:00 a.m. on 27 March 2020 to 6:00 a.m. on 1 April 2020.