Under the declared state of emergency, events involving more than 30 persons have been banned, and the presence of the public in certain facilities has also been restricted

The Government of the Czech Republic today approved the declaration of a state of emergency across the country. The state of emergency has been declared for 30 days as of 2 p.m. today. Under the declared state of emergency, a crisis measure has been adopted by the Ministry of Health.

All theatre, music film and other artistic performances, sports, cultural, religious, community, dance, traditional and similar events and other gatherings, exhibitions, festivals, fairs, shows, tastings, markets, trade fairs and educational events, both public and private, with over 30 persons at any time are prohibited from 6 a.m., March 13, 2020. The ban will remain in force until further notice. This ban does not apply to meetings, sessions and similar events of constitutional authorities, public administrative authorities, courts and other public persons held by the operation of law. Similarly, the ban does not apply to funerals. With effect from 8 p.m., March 13, 2020, catering facilities will be closed to the public from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

As of 6 a.m., Mar. 13, 2020, catering facilities located within shopping centres with a sales area exceeding 5000 m2 may not provide their services. Similarly, starting at 6 a.m. on March 13, 2020, the public will be banned from the premises of providers of certain services. These include gyms, natural swimming areas and swimming pools, solariums, saunas, wellness services, music and social clubs, entertainment facilities, public libraries and galleries.

In view of the new limit on the number of persons, the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health dated March 10, 2020, which banned events for over 100 persons, will be null and void as of 6 a.m., March 13, 2020.

Department of Communication
Ing. Gabriela Štěpanyová, Media Spokesperson, telephone: 224 972 167, e-mail: tisk@mzcr.cz