- Last update: 25.10.2021
- Starting this Monday, the obligation to wear a respirator is introduced at workplaces for anyone who is coming into the contact with other people if they are unable to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 m.
- Employers are obliged to equip their employees with protective equipment.
- Respirators are required at all indoor events, regardless of the number of participants.
- Quarantine may be now terminated after one week instead of the previously required two weeks if the PCR test proves negative.
- Tests on covid-19 cease to be funded from public insurance with the exceptions being
- people under the age of 18;
- people who can not be vaccinated for health reasons;
- people who are vaccinated with at least one dose of covid-19 vaccine;
- people who were recommended for tests by a doctor.
- Shortening the validity of PCR tests from 7 days to 3 and antigen tests from 3 days to 1 day.
- Restaurants will have to check proof of the absence of infection (either by vaccination or test) of the guests.
- Children under 12 will not need to prove the absence of infection (either by vaccination or test).
- On November 1 and 8, school testing will take place in districts with a high incidence of the Covid disease (300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). Unvaccinated teachers will now be required to wear a respirator during class. So far, children will not need to have respirators in the classroom.
Current emergency measures
Currently, there are no restrictions on free movement, night curfew, consumption of alcohol nor meeting and leisure activities.
Face masks and respirators
It is mandatory to wear a respirator (or technically equally effective device) everywhere indoors. You have to wear a respirator in the workplace, shops, businesses, public transport, motor vehicles (unless you are a member of the same household), medical facilities, international airports and on the platforms.
It is not mandatory to wear face protection outdoors anymore unless someone is around in a two-meter radius.
Exceptions to wearing face masks and respirators: Face masks and respirators do not need to be worn by children under the age of two, and by people with intellectual disabilities or severe mental disorders. Children under 15 can wear a surgical face mask instead of a respirator.
Cloth face masks, homemade masks or scarves are no longer considered sufficient.
Shops, services and culture
Open shops: All retail stores can be open. There is a limit to the number of customers in the store – a maximum of one customer per 10 square meters.
Open services: A negative test from a certified sampling point is required to enter all establishments (and some cultural facilities). Another option is to provide proof of finished vaccination (two weeks after the second dose) or no more than 180 days after a positive Covid test.
Zoos and Botanical Gardens: Both indoor and outdoor spaces are open with 100% of the capacity allowed. Social distancing (1.5 meters) is required.
Outdoor cultural events: From September 1, 100 percent of the capacity of venues can be filled. For events with up to 3000 participants, all must meet the conditions of non-infection. At events of more than three thousand people, participants are divided into two halves: 50 percent of people must have either completed their vaccinations or have proof they had overcome Covid, the other half can provide a negative test result.
Museums, galleries and monuments: From 1 September, 100% capacity is allowed. Social distancing (1.5 meters) is required.
Gaming rooms, casinos: From May 31, the operation of gaming rooms and casinos is renewed.
Conferences: The limit of the number of participants in congresses or conferences is 250 people indoors and outdoors.
Restaurants and hotels
Restaurants, pubs, bars, discos, clubs and cafes can have open outdoor and indoor spaces. Six people can sit at the table unless they are members of the same household. The spacing between the individual tables must be at least 1.5 meters. There can’t be more people inside than there are seats. Respirators also remain mandatory (except during consumption). Live music is allowed, and from August 1, non-infectious people can dance.
Hotels and other accommodation facilities are open. People with vaccinations, as well as those who have suffered from Covid-19 in the last 180 days and have a doctor’s certificate, can be accommodated. Another option is a test not older than 48 hours. Tested people can stay for a maximum of seven days, if they want to extend their stay, they must pass another test.
Fitness centres and gyms: Face masks are not mandatory but visitors have to keep a 2 m distance. The changing rooms are open in normal mode.
Wellness and swimming pools: Wellness, saunas or salt caves are open. Pools and swimming pools have a 100% open capacity from August 1. The social distancing of 1.5 meters is required.
Professional sports: Professional sports activities are allowed, however, athletes and implementation teams must be regularly tested.
Amateur sports: All team sports competitions are suspended. Up to 150 people can play sports at outdoors and there can be a maximum of 75 people indoors at the same time. Changing rooms and showers are also open. Testing (the antigen test is valid for 7 days in this case), proof of overcoming the illness or vaccination are mandatory. As of September 30, the testing rules have been modified – if the participation is up to 20 people and the team is not variable, the test is not needed; if other people participate at the activity every time, a test is needed.
Social and medical facilities
Hospital, follow-up and long-term care and social care visits: Whoever cannot prove a completed vaccination (two weeks after the second dose) must either prove to be a maximum of 180 days after coronavirus infection or submit a valid negative test result. Antigen tests must not be older than 72 hours, PCR tests are valid for seven days. A respirator must be worn throughout the visit (children may have a surgical face mask).
Visits to prisons: Visits are allowed under certain conditions.
Provision of social services: Social services provided based on a contract between the facility and the client do not have to be provided to the full extent during the emergency (under the contract). The facility must inform the client about the temporary restriction. However, services to protect life and health must always be provided. When providing field services, all participants must wear a respirator or surgical face mask.
Conditions and testing in companies
Authorities and other institutions
Office hours: Public institutions should operate normally and without restrictions.
Personal contact: Authorities prefer written, electronic or telephone contact to personal contact to reduce the risk of infection. However, the possibility of personal contact is maintained. It is mandatory to wear a respirator indoors.
Expired documents: The technical inspection of a vehicle (technická kontrola vozidla) is automatically extended for 10 months from the end of its original validity throughout the European Union. The measure concerns documents that expired between September 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The same regulation with the same deadlines applies to driving licenses.
This measure does not apply to identity cards and passports. Even in times of emergency, it is necessary to request the issuance of new documents.
Prague City Hall: At the Prague City Hall, strict hygiene measures still apply, including limited access to its buildings. The official office hours are on Monday and Wednesday, always from 8:00 to 18:00.
Register of drivers and register of vehicles: Office hours at these offices are extended to Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 18:00, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 15:00 and Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 (Friday office hours are valid only for the Vyšehrad and Bohdalec offices).
Agendas of the City of Prague Services Department: Some counters at the Škoda Palace, such as CzechPOINT, verification, department of registries and citizenship, and registration of taxi vehicles, are open whole week – on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.00 to 18.00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 15:00, and on Friday from 8.00 to 11:00.
We recommend that you continue to use online reservations to visit these workplaces. At the same time, we would like to ask you to still use, if possible, remote means of communication with the City Hall, such as e-mail, telephone, or data box.