SUMMARY OF PROHIBITIONS, RESTRICTIONS AND OTHER RESTRICTIVE MEASURES

LAST UPDATE: 25. 11. 2021, 4:30 PM

Effective as of midnight, November 26, the state of emergency was declared for the period of 30 days in the Czech Republic. The government subsequently approved a series of extraordinary measures to be implemented by the Ministry of Health under the Pandemic Act.

An overview of the measures currently in force is available here. Anti-epidemic measures concern the following areas:

  • restrictions on retail trade and services
  • wearing respiratory protective equipment
  • measures for entry into the Czech Republic
  • vaccination-related measures
  • measures in the education sector
  • social services and labour measures
  • testing
  • health care measures
  • recommendations to the authorities
  • other measures

Measures in the area of retail and services

  • effective from 22 November 2021 until further notice
  • the obligation to control infectivity before providing services in catering establishments, music, dance, gaming and social clubs, and casinos
  • limited number of customers in establishments – determined by the size of the sales area of the establishments
  • obligation to keep customers at a distance
  • specific requirements for certain types of services (catering services, sports venues, shopping centres, accommodation, hairdressing, massage services, etc.)
  • providing services only after proving infectivity – vaccination, overcoming the disease in the last 180 days, PCR test only for persons under 18 years of age, with contraindications for vaccination and persons who started vaccination (more information here)

Gatherings of people

  • effective from 22 November 2021 until further notice
    ban on holding cultural, sports and other social events with the participation of more than 1,000 people
  • participation in events for more than 20 people only after proof of infectivity – vaccination, past illness in the last 180 days, PCR test only for people under 18 years of age, with contraindications to vaccination and people with vaccinations (more information here)

Wearing of respiratory protective equipment

  • effective from 31 July 2021 until further notice
  • obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment – respirator (similar equipment meeting all technical requirements) in highly exposed places
    • indoor areas of shops, establishments, medical facilities, etc.
    • means of public transport
  • the obligation to wear a respirator or a medical face mask (or an equivalent device)
    • in all indoor areas where a respirator is not mandatory

Measures when entering the Czech Republic

  • effective from 31 July 2021 until further notice
  • for the purpose of return, the Ministry of Health issues a communication with a list of countries according to the risk of COVID-19
    • low risk countries
    • medium risk
    • high risk countries
    • very high risk countries
    • extreme risk countries
  • the requirements for return to the Czech Republic are determined according to the category of the country
  • updated list of countries can be found here

Testing

  • effective from 22 November 2021 until further notice
  • an antigen test is not sufficient to demonstrate infectivity anymore
  • the RT-PCR test can be used as proof of infectivity only for persons:
    • under 18 years
    • with a medical contraindication to vaccination
    • with the vaccination started
  • free testing for:
    • persons under 18 years of age, with medical contraindications, vaccination started – RT-PCR tests – maximum five times per calendar month
    • vaccinated persons – RT-PCR tests – no more than twice a calendar month

Employee testing

  • effective from 22 November 2021 until further notice
  • for all employers and all employees who are not fully vaccinated, have not had the disease in the last 180 days, or have not undergone a PCR-RT test or a rapid antigen test (RAT) performed by a healthcare professional in the last 7 days with a negative result
  • using RAT antigenic self-tests
  • more information here

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