The Government Strengthens Preventive Measures in Relation to the Coronavirus: Closing Shops and Restaurants to the Public for 10 Days

The government has adopted further extraordinary preventive measures aimed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus contagion in the Czech Republic.  As of Saturday 14 March 2020 at 6 a.m. through to 24 March 2020 at 6 a.m., all shops are being closed, with the exception of those selling foodstuffs, hygienic and drugstore products, pharmacies and shops dispensing medical products, heating fuel and automotive fuel outlets, outlets selling spectacles and contact lenses, computer and telecommunication equipment, consumer electronics and household products, tobacco products, small domestic animals, feed and other articles for animals, newspapers and magazines, laundry and dry-cleaning services, and sales via the Internet and through other remote means.

In the same period, a ban has been imposed on the presence of the general public in establishments offering dining services,with the exception of those that do not serve the general public, e.g., staff dining, dining for healthcare and social services providers, or at penal institutions.  Also dining service establishments located in shopping centres with a sales area in excess of 5,000 sq m will remain closed. The prohibition does not apply to sales for consumption outside of the dining establishment, e.g., to fast-food establishments with dispensing windows or take-out foods where the customer does not enter the establishment, without restriction as to time;

“In the present situation, we see the gathering of people in shopping centres and in restaurants as too great a risk.  By no means do we want to restrict the sale of food, pharmaceuticals, druggist goods, and fuel and other essentials.  People do not need to worry: food supplies remain unrestricted and it really is not necessary for people to empty store-shelves of goods,” said Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.

“Only fundamental restrictions like this can help stop the spread of the infection in our country.  Even though it is not pleasant for any of us, this is about protecting our health,” added Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch.

Last but not least, the operation of gambling points and casinos is prohibited as at 6 a.m. on 14 March 2020

For the full text of the Government Resolution, see the website of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.