SUMMARY OF PROHIBITIONS, RESTRICTIONS AND OTHER RESTRICTIVE MEASURES

LAST UPDATE: 4. 3. 2021, 11:00 AM

Declaration of the state of emergency

  • from 27 February 2021 for 30 days – i.e. to 28 March 2021
  • for the whole territory of Czech Republic

Measures in the area of retail and services

  • effective from 1 March 2021 to 21 March 2021
  • exceptions have been significantly reduced (thus fewer shops and services are allowed to operate)
  • catering services continue only as a takeaway
  • concerts and other musical or artistic performances, theater plays etc. are banned – only professional performance allowed without spectators
  • congresses, educational events or exams are banned
    • only a few exceptions
  • fairs, casinos, betting offices, sports fields, ski tows and cable railways are closed
  • accommodation services are banned – only a few exceptions (e.g. fore people that need to be accommodated for the purpose of job, business or other similar activities)
  • prohibition of drinking alcoholic beverages on public places

Free movement restrictions

  • effective from 1 March 2021 to 21 March 2021
  • prohibition of leaving the district (Prague)/entering the district (Prague) if the person does not have there the permanent residence or the residence
  • exceptions
    • journey to work and to conduct of a business or any other similar activity
    • exercise of a profession or necessary activity (security, public order, the protection of health, providing of health care or social services, individual spiritual services, public transport, services for the population including supply and post or logistics services, veterinary care)
    • providing the essential needs of the relatives or closely related people or needs for another person, childcare, animal care, waste disposal
    • necessary journey to healthcare services (including veterinary care), use of the social services including a necessary accompanist
    • essential official matters including a necessary accompanist
    • funerals
    • education, practice, and exams attendance
    • journey back to the place of the permanent residence or residence
    • journey for the purpose to travel abroad from the Czech Republic
    • etc.
  • ATTENTION an obligation to prove the legitimacy of the exceptions (people older than 15 years old)
    • journey to work / to conduct of business or any other similar activity
      • by a written confirmation of the employer (template here) OR
      • by an employment contract or employee or similar ID card, if it contains the necessary data, OR
      • by a written confirmation providing a particular reason for the conduct of business or any other similar activity including the place of the activity and contact details of the ordering party / person at whose place the activity is performed
    • other exceptions
      • by a written document or affidavit providing a particular reason (in a case of travels by a document proving it) (models here and here)
    • simplified explanation of the above-stated rules and up-to-date template documents are available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior: mvcr.cz/clanek/pohyb-mezi-okresy.aspx
  • night curfew from 9 PM to 4:59 AM with exceptions (same as up to now)
    • journey to work / to conduct of a business or any other similar activity
    • exercise of essential activities (security, public order, the protection of health, etc.)
    • essential journey – especially for the protection of health, life, and property
    • walking the dog up to 500 m from the residence
    • permitted events
    • journeys back to the place of permanent residence
  • day curfew from 5:00 AM to 8:59 PM with exceptions – same as for the leaving of a district, plus these
    • buying of goods and services by a necessary number of people
    • stay in nature and parks, doing sports activities, but only members of one household and in the area of the cadastral community of the permanent residence or residence
    • stay in one’s own holiday/leisure building, but only members of one household
    • wedding and registered partnership ceremonies, visit of a cemetery
  • prohibition of a stay on open public spaces, maximum 2 people except of
    • members of a household/accompanists
    • employees working for the same employer/people conducting business or other similar activity together
  • obligation to work at home (home-office), if employees can work at the place of permanent residence or residence considering the type of their work and the operational conditions
  • prohibition of stay of foreigners on the territory of the Czech Republic with only a few exceptions allowed

Restrictions in schools

  • effective from 27 February 2021 to 21 March 2021
  • in general, all schools are closed: universities, colleges / technical institutes, high schools, elementary schools and also kindergartens
    • there are exceptions for some exams, entrance exams, practical education by medical professions and individual consultations
  • schools and school services will be assigned for taking care of children from 2 to 10 years old for the employees of strategic professions (enforcement, municipal police, army, social and health services, the Czech Social Security Administration, the District Social Security Administration, crucial transport infrastructure, the Czech Post, etc.)

Restrictions in operation of public authorities and administrative agencies

  • effective from 27 February 2021 to 21 March 2021
  • restricted operation due to the state of emergency
  • restriction of work and civil service
    • only the necessary extent of services that are vital for keeping the operation of public authorities and administrative agencies and that are crucial for performance of the task from the government
  • reduction of personal contact of employees with the clients / other employees to the necessary level
    • preference of the written, electronic or phone contact
    • reception of all written documents through the mail office
  • keeping the operation of all divisions by the lowest possible number of employees present in the office

Restriction of visits in health facilities and social care facilities

  • effective from 27 February 2021 to 28 March 2021
  • prohibition of all visits of patients in all health facilities
    • exceptions: presence of a third person by childbirth (only the second parent or a person living in the same household + other restrictive conditions), visits of underage patients, patients with limited legal capacity and patients in hospice
  • restrictions of visits of patients in health facilities where a long-term and inpatient care is provided
    • the necessity of POC test before the visit or negative PCR test not older than 48 hours

Measures in the area of prison service

  • effective from 27 February 2021 to 28 March 2021
  • prohibition of visits in pre-trial detention centers, prisons etc.

Further measures under of the state of emergency

  • setting aside bed places for isolation of people with COVID-19
  • employment of foreign workers
    • speed-up of the change of employer for foreigners
    • in case of an employer who carries out the emergency measures or who helps to carry out the emergency measures during the state of emergency, it is enough to announce it on the first day at work
    • it is possible to change the employer even during the first 6 months of employment in the Czech Republic
  • operation of data boxes
    • free sending of personal data box messages
  • ensuring of operation of the critical infrastructure
    • obligation to implement necessary measures for securing the operation of critical infrastructure
    • obligation to keep a list of essential suppliers
    • possibility to order on-call service, whereas it is possible to significantly restrict free movement of such person (an employee) for such on-call service period
    • special quarantine measures
  • measures in the area of funeral services
    • prohibition to cremate the body of the dead who died outside of the territory of the Czech Republic, if the person was not a Czech national or did not have the permanent residence in the Czech Republic
    • obligation of the crematories to operate in the maximal extent
  • measures in healthcare services
    • from 27 February 2021 to 28 March 2021 it is still possible to use affidavit instead of initial examination for categories I and II (with exceptions where the conditions are set by other legal regulation)
    • it is not necessary to perform regular examinations and the effect of some of the existing opinions is extended

Extraordinary and protective measures

Wearing of respiratory protection (respirators and facemasks)

  • from 1 March 2021 there is an obligation to wear respirators or surgical face masks (i.e. medical face masks) or similar masks that meet the required standard (for example nano facemasks)
    • all indoor places outside of home or the place of accommodation
    • all public places in built-up area in municipalities
    • all public places outside of the built-up area where 2 people are at the same place and at the same time more than 2 people distant from each other less than 2 meters, if they are not members of a household
  • original exception for workplace, where it was not necessary to wear any kind of protection, will be significantly reduced
    • only during work at the workplace if the work is performed at one place without the presence of any other person
    • work classified in the category III or IV for the risk factor of a heat load
  • at the risk places, where it was necessary to wear a respirator or two surgical face masks (i.e. stores, workplaces, healthcare services, public transfer, motor vehicle), only respirators without a respiratory valve or other similarly effective mean are allowed
    • only for people older than 16 years old, children from 2 to 15 are allowed to use respirator/surgical masks or any other similar means
  • ATTENTION new obligations for employers
    • from 1 March 2021 until further notice the obligation to provide means for protection according to above-stated regulations for their employees
    • adequate amount for every shift
    • does not apply only if the employee  does not come into contact with other people while working (for example home-office)

Measures upon arrival to the Czech Republic

  • obligation of every person that have entered the Czech Republic after 15 February 2021 to undergo an examination for the symptoms of infectious disease at the state border
  • special conditions and procedure for people that stayed longer than 12 hours at the territory of a foreign state with different levels of risk
  • prohibition to enter the territory of the Czech Republic for all nationals of foreign countries that are not stated on the list of countries issued by the Ministry of Health
  • prohibition to accept the applications for visas and temporary or permanent residence at representative offices in foreign countries
  • prohibition for foreigners to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic
  • new list of countries with different levels of risk effective from 1 March 2021
  • new list of countries with high level of risk where it is banned to travel from 26 February to 11 April 2021

Measures connected to vaccination of population

  • effective until recalled
  • all providers of health services where the vaccination centers have been set up, shall provide information about vaccination, the amount of vaccination material in stock etc.
  • all providers of health services shall vaccinate people that are registered in the public health insurance system in the Czech Republic

Measures in the social area

  • operation of health facilities of inpatient care and facilities of social services
    • restriction in operation
    • rules for organization and quarantine by providers of social services

Antigen testing and use of protective means

  • testing of employees
    • obligation of all providers of healthcare services to provide at least once in 5 days an antigen test POC for their employees
    • voluntary self-testing of employees at the beginning and gradual implementation of obligatory self-testing
  • antigen testing of clients of health insurance companies
    • obligation of all providers of health care services
      • to provide an antigen test POC for all people that participate on the public health insurance system
      • to provide a confirmational RT-PCR test for every person who do not have clinical symptoms of the COVID-19 but was tested positive by the POC antigen test

Further measures in the area of healthcare

  • obligation to report the result of POC antigen test to the Information System of Infectious Diseases
    • for all providers of health care services that provide antigen testing
  • restricted operation of health facilities of inpatient care and facilities of social services
  • obligation to fill in a report into the Information System of Infectious Diseases about a person that has been hospitalized
    • for all providers of health care services of inpatient care
  • obligation to report changes in availability of free capacities of acute care
    • for all providers of health care services of inpatient care
  • restrictions in planned care in inpatient care facilities
  • isolation and quarantine
    • effective from 3 March 2021 until recalled
    • all providers of health care services, regional public hygienic stations and public hygienic station of the City of Prague are obliged to impose an isolation in the length of at least 14 days since the day of  sampling that proved the infection of COVID-19 (both – PCR and antigen testing)
      • the isolation will not be imposed to people that have already experienced the COVID-19 disease which was officially confirmed, whose period of isolation has already ended and they do not show any symptoms and no more than 90 days have passed since the day of the first positive test
      • in case of people that did not show any kind of clinical symptoms of COVID-19 disease the isolation is terminated after 14 days since the day of the test, in case of people showing clinical symptoms the isolation is terminated after at least three days from the day the person do not show any symptoms
  • a person with imposed quarantine has to undergo an RT-PCR test between the fifth and seventh day (but no later than on the tenth day) since the last contact with a positively tested person
  • in the case of a quarantine of a person living in the same household with a positively tested person, where it is not possible to isolate the positively tested person in a separate room or keep the distance of at least 2 meters, quarantine is ended not sooner than the 14 days since the day of the positive test
  • a person living in the same household with a positively tested person and unable to meet the conditions of isolation described above must undergo an RT-PCR test between the fifth and seventh day (but no later than the tenth day) since the first positive test of the person he/she lives in the same household with
  • in the case that an RT-PCR test is not taken during the 10 days since the last contact with a positively tested person, quarantine of the asymptomatic person will be ended without undergoing the test after 14 days from the last contact with a positively tested person
  • if a person who was ordered into quarantine shows symptoms of COVID-19, an RT-PCR test will be done
  • the quarantine will not be imposed
    • to people that have a certificate of vaccination issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and 14 days have passed since the second potion (in the case of two-potion vaccines) or 14 days has passed since the first potion (in the case of one-potion vaccines)
    • to people that experienced COVID-19 disease that was laboratorily confirmed, whose time of isolation has passed, do not show any symptoms of COVID-19 and no more than 90 days have passed since the day of the first positive test

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