- Last update: 02.06.2021
Current emergency measures
Meetings and leisure activities: From Monday, May 31, the limit for indoor activities, sports, gatherings or celebrations is 75 people indoors and 150 outdoors.
Night curfew: As the state of emergency ended, the night curfew between 21:00 and 5:00 has been 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.
It is not mandatory to wear face protection outdoors anymore unless someone is around in a two-meter radius.
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 (e.g. 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
Home office: If possible, you should continue to work from home.
Meals: Company meals are allowed. The operator must not allow more people than the number of seats in the indoor dining areas. There can be a maximum of four people at one table and there must be 1.5 meter spacing between the tables. More people can sit at a long table, but in groups of four, with two-meter spacings between them.
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. From June 1, two PCR tests and four antigen tests will be provided to everyone for free.
Shops, services and culture
Open shops: All retail stores can be open. There is a limit to the number of customers in the store – maximum one customer per 15 square meters.
Open services: From Monday, May 3, body care services and dog salons are open. From May 10, other services also opened (craft services, shoe repair shops, second-hand car shops, rental shops, translation services, mediation, operation of solariums, travel agencies, auctions, pawn shops, publishing, copying, operation of cable cars, tattoo parlors, watchmaking, goldsmithing, or carpentry).
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. The PCR test is valid for one week, the antigen test can be up to 72 hours old.
Museums, galleries and monuments: From May 10, they are open in all regions. From Monday, May 31, group tours for up to ten people or up to 30 people with confirmation are able to take place.
Theatres, cinemas and concert halls are open but it is not possible to consume food or drinks inside.
Zoos and botanical gardens: Can have open outdoor spaces for 50 per cent of their capacity.
Libraries can be open, but only one person per 15 square meters can be present.
Outdoor cultural events: It is possible to organize outdoor events for a maximum of 1,000 visitors and indoor events for up to half of the possible capacity (maximum 500 people), under the conditions of providing a negative test, confirmation of vaccination or antibodies. Wearing face protection is still mandatory.
Restaurants and hotels
Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés opened their outdoor sitting, starting from May 17. Maximum of four 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.
Interiors of the restaurants, bars and clubs are open from Monday 31 May, however, strict epidemiological measures still apply and the number of guests is limited to the number of seats.
Since May 24, hotels and other accommodation facilities have opened their premises. People with the first dose of vaccination can be accommodated, as well as those who have suffered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days and have a doctor’s certificate. Another option is a test not older than 48 hours. Tested people can stay for a maximum of 7 days, if they want to extend their stay, they must pass another test.
Since May 24, full-time teaching has been operating in all primary schools. Teaching at secondary schools and universities is also renewed.
Testing: Starting Monday, April 12, mandatory weekly antigen testing applies to both school staff and children. It is now possible to test children once every 14 days by PCR tests. 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.
Accommodation: Students can stay and live in dormitories.
Meals: Canteen (jídelna) operation is allowed. There can be a maximum of four people at one table and there must be a distance of 1.5 meters between the tables.
Driving schools: Final exams and teaching in driving schools are allowed without limits. Negative COVID tests are not mandatory, however, respirators still are.
Fitness centers and gyms: From May 17, their operation is possible. From May 24, the limit of one person per 15 square meters applies, a maximum of 12 people can train in a group, a maximum of 30 people can be in the establishment at once. The condition for entry is a negative test, roof that you have already experienced COVID-19 or the first dose of vaccination (three weeks after its application). Showers and changing rooms can be used again.
Pools and wellness facilities: Outdoor pools can open up to a maximum of 50% capacity. Confirmation of vaccination, proof that you have already experienced COVID-19 or negative test will be required at the facility. However, wellness can operate only to provide health services for now.
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 30 people can play sports at once. There can be a maximum of two people under the age of 18 indoors.
Social and medical facilities
Hospital visits: The government has allowed visits to hospitals. Visitors need to demonstrate a negative PCR test or a professionally collected antigen test (up to 48 hours). The visitor must have a respirator on at all times, a surgical face mask is sufficient for children under 15 years of age.
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.