The government has discussed the plan for further easing, which will depend on the number of newly infected persons in the population

The key factor to the further easing of life in the Czech Republic, which is still limited due to the lasting COVID-19 epidemic, will be the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per 7 days. Andrej Babiš’s government discussed the action plan for the further approach at the session on Thursday, 22 April 2021.

The first phase of easing was launched with the opening of a certain segment of retail and services, and the partial opening of schools and preschools, and will continue on Monday, 26 April with the full opening of preschools and child groups in the regions with the lowest incidence of COVID-19 in the population. The originally announced Karlovy Vary and Hradec Králové regions will be joined by the Plzeň region, which the government approved today. The same rules will apply to preschool children in the Plzeň region regarding the exemption from wearing face masks and the testing obligation.

 The Ministry of Health is planning further easing in the case of favourable development of the epidemic for Monday, 3 May, when body care and animal care services could be opened on a one-on-one basis under strict hygienic conditions. In regions where the incidence of new cases does not exceed 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week, pupils on the 2nd level of primary school and lower levels of multi-year high schools and eight-year conservatories could return to schools, galleries, museums and historical sites could open without group tours and outdoor amateur sports for children in groups of up to 20 could be permitted. If the number of newly infected persons declines to below this limit on a national scale, all retail stores which are still closed and the remaining range of outdoor markets and marketplaces could be open under the stipulated rules.

Based on the Ministry’s plans, further steps toward easing would be possible if the epidemic situation remains consistently below 100 detected cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week. Then all other services could be permitted under strict hygienic conditions, and practical schooling would be allowed at all universities, under the condition of testing and the protection of one’s airways.

The next phase of easing could occur when the incidence declines to below 75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week, which according to optimistic forecasts could be in the second half of May. This easing would be broader, and would include e.g. outdoor theatres and concerts, castles and chateaux, outdoor areas of restaurants, the opening of one quarter of the capacity of hotels and guest houses, outdoor sports for 20 persons, limited access for viewers at sports matches or the increased number of attendees at weddings and funerals to 30 indoors with a test and 50 outdoors without a test and with protection of the airways.

The Ministry plans to open the indoor premises of restaurants, pools and wellness centres, cinemas and theatre buildings only in the next phase, once the number of newly infected persons drops to below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants per week. This could possible occur in June or July.

The government also approved one more partial change in the valid anti-epidemic measures, which adds the acquiring and improvement of professional qualifications for inland and marine navigation to the exceptions from permitted services.