Following an extraordinary meeting on Sunday, the government decided to further ease the anti-epidemic measures. The Czech Republic has moved from the fourth level of risk to the third. What awaits us? Today, restaurants, all shops and service outlets will reopen their doors. All restrictions on the free movement of persons at night will also be over.
The night curfew, imposed from 11 pm to 5 am, is over. Starting today, we can move outside without restrictions. Outdoor social gatherings can now have up to 50 people, indoor ones up to 10. The ban on alcohol consumption in public places also ends. However, it is still obligatory to wear a face mask.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček, the government neither recommend or prohibit outdoor markets. She left the decision to the municipalities and municipal authorities. However, the same rules apply to Christmas markets as to farmers' markets - the gap between the stalls is four meters and the consumption of food and drinks on site is prohibited.
Shops are also returning to normal operation, they will be able to be open without interruption, including Sundays and public holidays. The only restriction left is the limit on the number of people inside - one customer per 15 square meters and a distance of two meters between the shoppers.
Services will also return to business as usual, but with increased hygiene measures. In hairdressing or beauty salons, the obligation to keep a distance of two meters still applies. Hairdressers will be able to work only in a face mask, without a protective shield.
Are you also one of those who couldn't wait to finally be able to go out for a delicious lunch or dinner? Restaurants and pubs are opening today, albeit with shorter opening hours (from 6 am to 10 pm). You can arrive in a group of up to 4 people. Waiters may only serve seated guests and the establishments may fill only half of their capacity.
If you want to refresh yourself while shopping in the mall, that too will be possible from today - through dispensing windows.
Hey, it looks like we might just be able to shed some weight before the summer! Sports centers will open today as well. Under the condition of one client per 15 square meters. 9 people plus the coach can attend lessons. The obligation of wearing face masks while exercising indoors remains.
"During training, the distance of at least two meters between individual participants will be kept, of course, with the exception of the client-coach relationship. A ban on physical interaction, if possible, is in place. Group lessons will be in the 9 + 1 mode,"
Swimming enthusiasts also have a reason for joy. Access to the pools is allowed! Just like in fitness centers, there are some restrictions - only one person per 15 square meters. But we will have to wait a while for the saunas. Next to professional competitions, amateur ones will now also be allowed, but still without spectators. Outside, the current number of six people will be increased - two teams or groups will be able to play sports.
Museums and galleries are also opening, but only up to one quarter of their capacity. Tours of castles and chateaux are only allowed in a group of ten. Libraries and bookstores also got the green light. They can be open under the same conditions as shops and other establishments.
From today, no restrictions apply to accommodation services. However, general measures must be observed - face masks, disinfection and two-meter distances.