CORONAVIRUS – CURRENT DEVELOPMENT
LAST UPDATE: December 7, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
NEWS: All persons vaccinated with the Janssen (Johnsson & Johnsson) vaccine can have the “booster” dose two months after completing the vaccination scheme. Spikevax (Moderna) and Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccines will be used for the booster dose.
Effective as of friday, November 26, 2021, the government declared the state of emergency for 30 days. The government resolution can be annuled by the Chamber of deputies.
With effect from 26.11. At 18:00, the existing protective measures were amended as follows:
- restriction of opening hours of restaurants, bars, discos from 22:00 to 4:59
- ban on Christmas markets, with the exception of the sale of Christmas trees
- ban on alcohol consumption in public
- ban on eating in foodcourtech shopping malls
- events (celebrations, gatherings of people) maximum number of people 100 with the exception of funerals
- cultural, sports, educational events maximum 1,000 people
As of November 22, new protective measures came into force, the most relevant changes are the following:
Obligatory employee testing
- applies to all employers and all employees, except those employees who do not come into contact with other persons at work
- testing with rapid antigen tests (RATs), either as self-tests or conducted by health care providers, at least once a week. The first tests must be performed no later than Monday, November 29, 2021.
- The obligation to test does not apply to
- fully vaccinated employees,
- employees who have had COVID-19 within the last 180 days,
- employees who have undergone a PCR-RT test or a rapid antigen test (RAT) performed by a health care professional within the last 7 days with a negative result.
- Employers are required to keep records of the tests conducted, and the records must include the names of the persons tested and the dates of testing.
- In addition to employees, self-employed persons will be required to be tested in a similar manner.
Change in quarantine certification
- Certification of the quarantine order should be reported via eSick Leave by the regional hygiene authority, which will notify the relevant district social security administration of the quarantine order. This information will then also be communicated to employers in the standard way as if it were a temporary incapacity for work.
- The attending physician will only issue an eSick Leave for quarantine reasons in a few specific cases. More information can be found here (in Czech only).
- Under the new rules, the infection-free status may be proved only by a certificate of complete vaccination, proof of illness within the 180-day protection period
- negative RT-PCR test is valid only for persons under 18 years of age, persons who cannot be vaccinated because of a contraindication, or persons who have not completed vaccination (14 days have not elapsed since the last dose of vaccine or the person is awaiting a second dose of vaccine)
Training, educational, cultural, sports events
- At events with more than 20 participants at the same time, proof of infection-free status (see above) will be required, except for children under 12 years of age. Organisers are obliged to check for infection-free status and not to admit a person who does not prove it.
- Maximum of 1000 people at all events
Extraordinary allowance to employees in case of quarantine and isolation
- The Government has approved a bill that introduces an employee allowance of CZK 370 per day for the first 14 days of quarantine or isolation. The extraordinary allowance would be provided for the quarantine period that runs from 1 November 2021 to 30 June 2022. The allowance would thus be due for November and retrospectively.
The Government also approved a bill that introduces a special nursing care allowance to be provided in connection with emergency measures that result in the closure of schools or parts thereof or prohibit the presence of children, pupils and students in schools. The nursing allowance shall also be granted when a child, pupil or student is ordered to be quarantined. Attendance allowance will be granted for the period from 1 September 2021 to 31 January 2022. The amount of the attendance allowance is set at 80 % of the reduced daily assessment base, with a minimum of CZK 400 per calendar day. If the employee has reduced working hours, the minimum amount will be decreased proportionately.