- Last update: 05.05.2021
State of emergency
Currently until April 11, 2021
From midnight on April 11, the state of emergency came to an end. However, some restrictions still remain.
Meetings and leisure activities: A maximum of two people can meet outdoors and indoors. There is a limit of 15 people for weddings or funerals. The government has limited the right to assemble, on which public demonstrations are based, for 100 people.
Night curfew: As the state of emergency ends, the night curfew between 21:00 and 5:00 is lifted.
Consumption of alcohol in publicly available places is no longer banned.
Restrictions on movement between districts: It is not necessary to have any documents to leave the district. The ban on movement between districts was lifted as the state of emergency ended.
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 shops, businesses, public transport, motor vehicles (unless you are a member of the same household), medical facilities, international airports and on the platforms.
In addition to the respirator, it is possible to wear a surgical face mask outdoors, specifically in built-up areas of the village. Outside built-up areas, if two people are less than two meters apart, a face mask is also mandatory.
Respiratory protection is mandatory in the workplace, except for people alone in the room. Employers who require their employees to remain in the workplace should supply themselves with respirators and are obliged to provide them to their employees.
Exceptions to wearing face masks and respirators: You do not have to wear a face mask at home or in other areas of the accommodation (hotels on business trips). Indoors or outdoors, face masks do not need to be worn by children under the age of 2 (including), people with intellectual disabilities and severe mental disorders, or professional athletes during training. Face masks do not have to be worn even in the countryside outside the city, as long as the distance of at least 2 meters is observed. Children under 15 can wear a surgical face mask instead of a respirator. Persons from the same household are also excluded from the obligation to wear a face mask.
Cloth face masks, homemade masks or scarves are no longer considered sufficient.
Conditions and testing in companies
Face masks and respirators: Even in the workplace, you must wear either a respirator (FFP2, KN95) or a surgical face mask. Employers are obliged to equip their employees with protective equipment. There are a few exceptions to wearing respiratory protection that considers the type of employment – for example, public transport drivers or moderators do not have to wear them. The face mask can be removed only if the person is alone in the room (i.e. in a separate office).
Home office: If possible, you should continue to work from home.
Meals: Company meals are allowed. There can be a maximum of one person at one table or several people at a long table (however, they must be at least two meters apart, or there must be a mechanical barrier between the diners preventing the spread of droplets – for example, plexiglass). The operator of the catering facility must not allow more people in the indoor dining areas than is the number of seats.
Testing: From the beginning of March, the employees’ obligatory testing has been progressing gradually from the largest companies to the smallest ones. Now, it involves all companies, including those with less than ten employees, NGOs, OSVČ (self-employed persons), people working on a contract basis, or public institutions – e.g. municipalities, public universities, security forces and the army, among others. For the self-employed, testing only applies to those who meet other people at work.
There are several ways for the companies to test their employees – either with the help of an occupational physician, contracted paramedics or a self-test, with which the test can be performed by a non-paramedic or an employee himself. Antigen testing performed by a healthcare professional is paid for by the state. The government will contribute CZK 60 four times a month to testing for one employee.
The government has agreed to mandatory testing by the end of June.
Shops, services and culture
Open shops: Grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, florists, newsagents, petrol stations, taxi services, car washes (unattended), funeral services, telephone and computer services, dispensaries from e-shops, feed stores, garden and household goods stores, stationery, shops with children’s shoes and clothes, shops of reverent goods and shops selling spare parts for cars and machines. The operation of farmers’ markets is restored, too. All shops can be open from 6 am to 10 pm.
However, the government has already confirmed the fixed date of reopening of all shops – on Monday, May 10.
Open services: Laundries, dry cleaning, home appliance repair, locksmithing, establishments for arranging geological works or various small establishments for repairs and maintenance of household machinery and equipment are also open. They can also be open from 6 am to 10 pm.
From Monday, May 3, services related to body care and dog salons reopened. A negative test is required for entry: either from a certified sampling point or from a job. For children who are tested at school and do not have a certificate, parents can submit a solemn declaration.
Museums and galleries: Open from May 3, however, only in the regions of Prague, Hradec Králové, Pardubice, Karlovy Vary, Plzeň, Liberec and Central Bohemia region.
Zoos and botanical gardens: Can have open outdoor spaces for 20 per cent of their capacity.
Libraries can be open, but only one person per 15 square meters can be present. Theatres, cinemas, concert halls and monuments are still closed.
Restaurants and hotels
Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés are closed and can only operate through the takeaway windows. The operation of takeaway windows and hotel restaurants (for guests only) will be extended by one hour, until 22:00.
Pubs and restaurants will continue to sell through the takeaway window – according to the government, the restaurants will not open until May 17, not even the outdoor front gardens.
Hotels and guesthouses can only accommodate guests on business trips. The purpose of the business trip must be proven by a written confirmation from the employer.
As of April 12, some types of schools reopened – pupils in first stage of primary schools (first to fifth grade) come back to school in a rotating system; preschoolers return to kindergartens; and small classes, schools for up to 75 children and special schools also open. Outdoor schools are prohibited.
From April 26, practical teaching can take place at second stage of primary schools (sixth to ninth grade) and in the final years of universities.
From May 3, the pupils of the second stage of primary schools also returned to the schools on a rotating basis in some regions. In these areas, kindergartens also operate on a regular basis.
Situation in Prague: opened kindergartens, teaching resumed for first and second stage of primary schools (first to ninth grade) in a rotating system; practical high school teaching allowed
Testing: Starting Monday, April 12, mandatory testing applies to both school staff and children. Second stage of primary schools pupils (sixth to ninth grade) must undergo non-invasive antigen testing twice a week. First stage pupils (first to fifth grade) and school staff need to be tested only once a week. Fully vaccinated people and those who have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days do not have to be tested. An exception for testing applies to children in kindergartens in regions where kindergartens work without restrictions (including Prague).
Exceptions for practical internships: Medical students can attend full-time internships (praxe) at secondary schools, colleges and universities.
Individual consultations: Remaining permitted.
Accommodation: Students can stay and live in dormitories.
Meals: Canteen (jídelna) operation is allowed. Pupils and school staff who take part in full-time education can eat in them, the rest of the students and staff can pick up lunches through the takeaway window.
Driving schools: Final exams in driving schools are allowed.
Professional sports: Professional sports activities are allowed, however, athletes and implementation teams must be regularly tested. Competitions take place without spectators.
Sports venues: The operation of all indoor sports venues (gyms, fitness centres, etc., including swimming pools and artificial swimming pools) is banned. Wellness can only operate to provide health services.
Amateur sports: In the outdoor sports areas, one person must have at least 15 square meters of space. It is then possible to define more playing fields with twelve-member groups on one sports ground. All team sports competitions are suspended.
Individual sports: Due to the limitations of meeting people, only a maximum of two people can train outdoors at the same time.
It is possible to exercise and play sports outdoors without a face mask, keeping the two meters distance.
Social and medical facilities
Hospital visits: Visits to medical facilities are still strictly prohibited. The exception is made for vaccinated people, who can visit social facilities without a test. Further exceptions include visits to minors, patients with limited disabilities and patients in hospices and other patients with end-stage incurable disease. The visitors must have a respirator on at all times (children under 15 may have a surgical face mask).
Childbirth: It is possible for a partner to be a part of childbirth, however, several conditions must be met. As a support person, you have to be a parent or a person living with the mother in the same household. At the same time, you cannot have a fever, show any signs of COVID-19 and you must wear a surgical face mask.
Visiting an aftercare or long-term care facility: It is possible if the visitor is tested before arrival. You can do so either directly in the device (an antigen test), or by providing a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours. Another option is to prove that you have already experienced COVID-19 in the last 90 days. A respirator must be worn throughout the whole visit (children under 15 may have a surgical face mask).
Visits to social facilities: The same conditions apply as for visits to aftercare and long-term care facilities.
Visits to prisons: Visits are allowed under certain conditions.
Non-acute care: Medical facilities had to suspend the provision of non-acute and preventive (planned) care. For specific cases, contact the hospital or polyclinic where the procedure was to take place.
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.
Walks: Seniors who go for a walk outside the social facility have so far had to undergo the quarantine and two PCR tests after their return. An exception is now given to seniors who already have 14 days after the end of the vaccination cycle, ie after the second dose of the vaccine. They must also not show signs of disease.
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.