- Last update: 19.02.2021
State of emergency
Currently until February 28, 2021
Emergency measures and restrictions to limit the spread of the virus are bound on the state of emergency, as set out in the new anti-epidemic system of the Ministry of Health. The measures will last until February 28 – the end of the state of emergency. After that, the measures will be repealed, loosened, or extended.
Current risk index according to PES: 5
Valid from Monday (February 22, 2021):
- As of Monday, FFP2 respirators will be mandatory in public transports, shops, hospitals and other exposed places. The cloth face masks that the Czechs sewed on their own during the spring wave of the epidemic will no longer be enough when entering shops and public transport. A new order from the Ministry of Health will be issued on Monday. This will order mandatory respirators (at least KN95 or FFP2), nano face masks or two surgical face masks in places where there is a high accumulation of people.
- Retail shops with toys, electronics, fashion and other goods will remain closed. The government did not allow their opening due to the development of the pandemic. According to Minister Karel Havlíček, the pandemic situation is not good and the British mutation in the virus continues to spread. Next week, however, the government will reopen the topic and according to the state of the epidemic will propose further steps. Restaurants and hotels were not discussed.
Valid from Monday (February 15, 2021):
- Government declares a new state of emergency that will last until the end of February. The cabinet of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš agreed with thirteen governours of the country’s regions and the mayor of Prague and, at their request, declared a state of emergency for 14 days, after the state of emergency was not extended by the Czech government last week.
In the newly declared state of emergency, the government has adjusted the operation of the public offices to operate according to normal office hours, so that people can use their services. In addition, libraries will be able to serve clients via dispensing windows. It will now be possible to take commission substitute examinations at secondary schools and conservatories. The government will also relax the decision-making bodies of legal entities, which is now limited by the number of people they can meet.
On the contrary, nothing has changed for businesses and measures concerning leisure activities or culture will continue to apply. The night curfew between 21:00 and 05:00 will not change either. Shops, restaurants and other businesses will remain closed again for the next two weeks.
Valid from Thursday (February 11, 2021):
- The government will close three districts – Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov. Today, the government has addressed the situation in the districts where the epidemic is the worst – these are the districts of Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov. The government has decided to restrict the free movement of persons in these regions beyond the scope of the national measure in force. People who live here will not be allowed to leave the area (with some exceptions). Police officers will guard the driveways and check the documents of people who want to enter or leave the districts. It will be mandatory to wear surgical face masks or FFP2 respirators. The measures should apply until the end of the emergency state – February 14.
This prohibition does not apply to children, pupils and students who are allowed to attend school, and their possible companion. Exceptions apply to travel for work or to ensure the security of internal order, crisis management, protection of public health, etc. Exceptions include providing essential necessities and care for relatives or close ones, the care of animals, the necessary travel to medical facilities, a wedding, a church or an office. People who want to use these exceptions must prove the purpose of the trip to the police. This measure does not apply to transit.
Valid from Monday (February 1, 2021):
- Free antigen testing can be repeated once every three days. So far it has been once every five days. The change comes mainly due to commuters in Austria and Germany, who are now ordered by local governments to be tested regularly.
Valid from Saturday (January 30, 2021):
The government will tighten some measures from midnight on Friday to Saturday. Minister of Health Jan Blatný explained that stricter restrictions are necessary because any further worsening of the situation would immediately lead to an overload of hospitals, which are already on the border.
- Accommodation services can be provided only to a person who proves a confirmation of reason to travel (business trip) from the employer. The service provider will be obliged to keep these documents for possible inspection. According to the government, business trips should not be used as an excuse to travel. Alternatively, people are allowed to stay at their own recreational properties exclusively with members of their own families. People who rent a cottage can also spend the night in the mountains, however, only on a lease agreement – it is not possible to use the services on an accommodation contract.
- Sales in outdoor and indoor markets and stalls have been banned. The only exceptions are mobile food and drugstore stores in municipalities where these goods cannot be purchased in other stores. Only shops offering vital goods remain open, i.e. shops selling food, drugstores, animal feed, children’s footwear and clothing, flowers and other assortments listed in government regulations.
- The operation of cable cars will also be restricted so they can no longer carry hikers or sledders. The ski lifts will not start – ski resorts are described by the government as a big problem. One-day visits to the mountains are not limited -and the government will not limit anyone who wants to climb a hill with a sledge or cross-country skis.
- Hospital visits are being banned again. So far, they have been allowed under strict hygienic conditions. However, it is still possible to visit patients in the terminal stage of the disease or pediatric patients in hospitals. It is also possible for a farther to be a part of childbirth. It is still possible to visit seniors in retirement homes under the current conditions – a negative antigen or PCR test not older than 48 hours and the FFP2 respirator.
- Driving schools can continue to function with mandatory use of the FFP2 respirator in the car.
The government will start discussing the easing of measures only with around 3,000 to 4,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals instead of the current 6,000. When the number of people in hospitals declines, a new variant of the PES system will be introduced, with changes at level 5. However, given the situation and the uncertainty of what the British coronavirus mutation will bring, changes to the PES are being postponed.
Valid from Thursday (January 22, 2021):
The state of emergency has been extended until February 14, 2021. According to the government, the soonest possible release of the emergency measures can be expected in February at the earliest. Moreover, children will not return to schools sooner than February 1, 2021, said Minister of Health Jan Blatný after the government meeting.
Valid from Monday (January 18, 2021):
From Monday, January 18, a new update of the Traveller’s Map will enter into force. Hungary, Malta, the Azores (Portugal) and Madeira (Portugal) will move to the red group. Luxembourg becomes one of the orange states. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs no longer recommends travelling unless necessary.
On Monday, January 18, the government will approve the opening of stores with stationery, children’s clothing and footwear, as well as underwear. These stores can open on Tuesday, January 19.
The government should discuss a possible move to the fourth stage of the PES system on Wednesday.
Valid from Thursday (January 7, 2021):
The emergency measures of the fifth stage of PES system have been extended at least until January 22, 2021, due to the record high numbers of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic in the recent days. If the situation does not improve, further strengthening of emergency measures may come. Moreover, the government plans to request another 30 day extension of the state of emergency.
Free antigen testing will continue to be carried out after January 15. According to the Ministry of Health, this type of testing has proved particularly useful in detecting infected people without symptoms.
Spain has been added to the list of red countries (further information can be found in the Travel restrictions and prohibitions tab).
The government has also decided that ski resorts will remain closed in the Czech Republic. The same goes for restaurants.
Valid from Sunday (December 27, 2020):
As of Sunday, December 27, the Czech Republic has moved to the fifth and thus the strictest stage of the anti-epidemic PES system. For the time being, the measures under the fifth stage of the PES system will be valid until 10 January.
During the fifth PES stage, the night curfew will apply from 21:00 until 05:00. As in the fourth stage, restaurants, service establishments and shops are to be closed, with the exception of the sale of necessities.
Valid from Friday (December 18, 2020):
The anti-epidemic PES system returns to stage four from Friday.
Arriving in the Czech Republic
As the free movement of persons in the territory is restricted it is possible to travel to the Czech Republic only for essential reasons. It is not possible to arrive in order to visit friends or for recreation activities. This does not apply to the Czech citizens. Further information can be found on the Ministry of Interior websites or in the official infographics.
Movement of people and gathering
- Restrictions on free movement in public (night curfew) from 11 pm to 5 am. The Ministry of Health recommends to limit trips to only necessary things and protect yourself as much as possible.
Maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres when in contact with other persons. Employers must change to home offices if possible.
Maximum of six people are allowed in public places (inside and outside), except for household members, colleagues from the same job or children and pupils at school. Still, a 2 m distance should be maintained.
Consumption of alcohol in publicly available places is still banned.
Theatres, cinemas or concert halls remain closed to spectators. Organizational and regime restrictions on those present at the rehearsals still apply. Museums (with a few exceptions), galleries and monuments are closed.
Weddings and funerals can take place with a maximum of 20 participants. In the case of church services, the participants must be seated and maintain a distance of two meters between them in one row. A maximum of 20% of the capacity of the church can be filled. Mass singing is banned.
Shops and services
- All shops can be open without exception. The limit on the number of people in the store still applies: one customer per 15 square meters, use of disinfection and maintaining two-meter spacing between customers. Unlike the original 4th degree, it will be possible to shop on Sundays as well. The opening hours of shops on holidays do not change, so supermarkets will be open until 12 noon on Christmas Day.
- Outdoor markets are allowed but not recommended by the government. The stalls should be at least four meters apart and all consumption is prohibited there.
- Outdoor sale of Christmas trees or carp is possible.
Restaurants and hotels
Restaurants and cafes must be closed. Only takeaway windows are allowed – while it is not possible to sell alcohol from the window, the sale of takeaway coffee and tea with you is allowed.
Hotels or guesthouses must be closed for tourist stays. Guests on business trips are allowed to stay in the hotels.
Hotel restaurants remain open to hotel guests only, the opening hours are governed by the opening hours of the takeaway windows of ordinary restaurants (i.e. outside the curfew period)
- Primary and secondary schools have extended Christmas holidays, the last day of school in 2020 is December 21.
Professional sports competitions are allowed in a specific regime and without spectators, amateur competitions are prohibited.
Indoor sports grounds, swimming pools, saunas, gyms or wellness centres are closed.
Outdoor sports grounds are open to a maximum of six people.
Ski resorts can operate, skiers can use lifts or cable cars, however, accommodation services (hotels, Airbnb, …) cannot be provided. The queues for lifts must be directed and skiers must keep a distance of two meters (except for household members). Under stricter conditions, rental shops and ski kindergartens will operate, and snacks can be sold from the takeaway window.
- It is possible to visit patients in sanitary facilities. In the original 4th degree, visits to homes for the elderly and other residential social facilities were prohibited. Because antigenic tests have proved their worth to the Ministry of Health, it will be possible to continue visiting people in social facilities. The condition will still be a fresh negative result of the antigen or PCR test and an FFP2 class respirator worn. Individual social facilities organize visits according to their own capacities and possibilities.
Valid from Wednesday (December 16, 2020):
- Free and voluntary COVID-19 testing by antigen tests begins. All persons who have public health insurance in the Czech Republic can participate. The Ministry of Health recommends the use of antigen tests, especially for vulnerable groups and people who want to meet relatives on holidays. Testing will begin on Wednesday and will last until January 15. Further information can be found on the Covid portal website.
Valid from Wednesday (December 9, 2020):
The government has been introducing further partial measures against the spread of coronavirus that are in effect from Wednesday. The PES will remain on the third level, however, in some areas of life the government will tighten again.
- The opening hours of restaurants and take-away windows are changing – they will have to close at 20:00 instead of 22:00. This measure applies to operators of restaurants and clubs, including restaurants in hotels.
- It is forbidden to consume alcohol in public all day. Even during the day, it is not possible to sell alcohol outside the restaurant through the takeaway windows.
Valid from Thursday (December 3, 2020):
The government has decided that the Czech Republic will switch to the third stage of PES measures on Thursday. With restrictions, shops, services and restaurants will be able to open. These regulations are expected to remain in effect through Christmas.
- Opening of shops. All stores and shopping centres will be able to reopen. The area limit per customer – one customer per 15 square meters of operating space – will still apply (children under the age of 15 should not be included in the number of customers). At the same time, customers will have to keep two meters distance between each other. Clothing and footwear tried on by customers will not have to stay in isolation for 24 hours. Children’s corners will remain closed.
- Shops may be open on Sunday. The move to the third level also means that the current Sunday sales ban is lifted. Outdoor Christmas markets can also take place.
- Outdoor Christmas markets can take place. However, many Christmas markets have been already cancelled – including those in Prague.
- All services will be able to resume their operations. Staff will need to use a mask or respirator, double face protection, i.e. the use of a mask and a shield, is not necessary. A limit of one client per 15 square meters of operating space will apply (children under the age of 15 should not be included in the number of customers).
- Restaurants can reopen from 06:00 until 22:00. It will be possible to serve only seated guests, a maximum of four people can sit at one table. Businesses will be allowed to fill the capacity to 50 %.
- Food courts in shopping centres will be able to open. Restaurants will only be allowed to serve food through the window to take away.
Restriction of movement
- Restrictions on free movement at night will be lifted.
- Mass events may take place with a maximum of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
- The ban on alcohol consumption in public places will also end.
- The obligation to wear face masks in all indoor areas and selected public places remain.
- Visits to social care facilities are still prohibited, but visits to health care facilities are allowed with some restrictions.
- The release does not apply to schools. The Ministry of Education announced that the schools will operate under the current fourth stage of the anti-epidemic system from Monday (November 30).
- Museums and galleries will be able to open partially after six weeks. Galleries and museums can operate only at 25% capacity.
- Libraries may also open. A limit of one client per 15 square meters of operating space will apply. So far, libraries could only operate as a takeaway window.
- Cultural sites and monuments may also open, but only groups of up to ten people will be allowed.
- Cinemas and theatres remain closed for public and the restrictions on persons present at the tryouts still apply.
- Fitness centres and gyms may reopen. They will operate in the same mode as set in the stores – one person per 15 square meters. Group fitness lessons will be in the 9 + 1 regime (nine participants, one instructor). All athletes will have to wear a face mask indoors, professional athletes who are regularly tested will have an exception.
- The regime of winter and ski resorts has not been decided yet. At the end of next week, a manual should be prepared based on the development of the situation in Europe.
- Professional and amateur sporting events may be held without spectators.
- Recreational sports may be played by two teams outdoors and with a maximum of 10 people indoors.
- Church services may be held. the number of people at the services will be governed by the capacity of the church.
- Accommodation services may be provided without restrictions.
- Casinos may reopen from 6:00 AM to 10 PM with the same restrictions as restaurants – 50% capacity, guests must be seated with a limit of four people at a table.
- Restrictions on the operation of public authorities and administrative authorities still apply, including organizational and regime measures and office hours restrictions.
Valid from Monday (November 30, 2020):
- Pupils from the first grade and the 9th grade of primary schools will return to school without any restriction. Other second grade classes will take turns at the school. The condition for the return is the approval of the transfer of the Czech Republic from the fifth to the fourth, i.e. a milder anti-epidemic degree of risk.
Valid from November 25, 2020:
- Full-time teaching of final years and fourth years of six-year fields of education at the conservatory at secondary schools will return. In the same way, full-time practical teaching and practical training in groups of up to 20 pupils or students will be possible again. Students of the last years of university will be able to study in groups of 20 people. This applies to laboratory, practical or artistic teaching.
Valid from November 23, 2020:
In the Czech Republic, some restrictions imposed by the government against the spread of coronavirus have been eased since Monday. The reason is the improvement of the epidemic situation. The government evaluates it according to the anti-epidemic system PES.
- Up to six people are allowed outside and inside the gathering instead of two.
- The curfew starts at 23:00 instead of the current 21:00.
- The opening hours of shops and restaurant take-away windows may also be extended until 23:00. Drinking alcohol in public places is still prohibited.
- The maximum number of participants at weddings, funerals or services is increasing to 20 from the current 15.
- Theatre performances and concerts can take place without spectators, for example for television recordings or internet broadcasts. The public still does not have access to theatre and concert halls, but also museums and galleries.
- You can pick up loans in libraries from the dispensers. So far it was only possible to obtain books without contact.
- Where stores require one shopping cart per person rule to comply with the rule, an exemption will apply to mothers and fathers with prams. The capacity of the store will also not include children under the age of six. Inside the stores, the customer must still have 15 square meters of operating space, and the ban on sales on Sundays and public holidays still apply.
- Stores with weapons and ammunition have a new exception and can open due to the necessary shooting of feral pigs, especially in the north of Bohemia, where there is a risk of transmission of African swine fever from Germany or Poland.
- Driving schools can again organize theoretical and practical final tests. Training rides are still prohibited.
Valid from November 18, 2020:
- Pupils of 1st and 2nd year, preparatory classes and pupils of special schools return to schools. According to Minister of Education Robert Plaga, return conditions include splitting kids into homogeneous groups, mandatory face masks in all premises, and frequent ventilation in classrooms. After-school groups and school meals are in operation. At primary and secondary schools, individual consultations (1 + 1) for those in need are possible. Linguists, art schools and secondary schools (high schools) remain closed.
- Stores must limit the number of shoppers. Each customer must have an area of 15 square meters for themselves when purchasing. Vendors are required to manage queues inside and in front of the stores and to monitor compliance with two-meter spacing between people. At the same time, the closing time is extended from the current 19:59 to 21:00, when the curfew begins to apply.
- Take-away windows can be open longer. The current interval for restaurants, bars and pubs has been extended to 5:00 to 21:00. At this time, hotels and similar facilities can serve guests in their restaurants.
- Sporting on outdoor sports grounds is allowed. The possibility of free movement for the purpose of sports on outdoor sports grounds has been added to the current exceptions from the ban on the free movement of people during the day.
- More people are allowed to attend the wedding. As of Wednesday, 15 people are allowed to attend weddings, funerals or services (so far it has been 10).
- Dog and cat salons are opening. The government has allowed the operation of establishments providing the service of animal grooming.
Valid from November 9, 2020:
- New conditions for entry into the Czech Republic apply, marking almost all European countries at least in orange at the so-called travel traffic light. Further information can be found here.
Valid from November 2, 2020:
- Prague public transport will end its daily operation at 22:00. The reason is the restriction on movement after 21:00, ordered by the government from Wednesday, October 28. In public transport, the obligation to wear face masks in vehicles and at stops is currently in effect, the first doors are closed and the sale of tickets from drivers is cancelled.
- Schools for children with special needs must temporarily close. Teaching in special schools must take place remotely from Monday.
Valid from October 28, 2020:
- Restrictions on movement in public from 21.00 to 4.59. Only travelling to work, to the doctor and back home are allowed. Exceptions will also apply to people providing basic infrastructure, public transport or delivery services, as well as public officials and constitutional officials. After nine o’clock in the evening, those who walk the dog can leave the house, but only within 500 meters from their place of residence.
During the day, walks in nature and parks, stays in cottages and chalets are still allowed, with a maximum number of two people, except for household members and co-workers. The same number of people applies when shopping.
- Change to a home office if possible. The so-called home office is to be ordered, where possible, including private, public and state enterprises. The scope of work from home should be decided by the management according to the possibilities of the company.
- Prohibition of retail sales on Sundays and restrictions on weekdays and Saturdays between 20.00 and 5.00. Exceptions include petrol stations, pharmacies, shops in busy places, such as airports or railway stations, shops in medical facilities and restaurants, which operate in the form of delivery service. Restrictions have recently been introduced for florists, where only two customers can be in the establishment at the same time. Bookmakers/sportsbooks are not allowed to stay open.
- Restrictions on farmers’ markets. The government has banned sales in markets or mobile establishments. Exceptions were given to mobile shops going to municipalities where there is no basic food store and drugstore, as well as stallholders selling fresh and locally processed fruits and vegetables, meat and meat products, eggs, bakery products and honey from domestic production. It will not be possible to consume the purchased products on the markets, the stallholders must be at least 2 meters apart and there must not be more than 20 people per 400 square meters at any one time in the market area.
- Spa rehabilitation care will be open only for people whose stay is at least partially covered by public health insurance.
Valid from October 22, 2020:
- As of 6:00, the government restricts free movement and contact with other people throughout the Czech Republic except for trips to work and shopping. Public gatherings of more than two people (that do not share the same household) are banned. Movement in nature is allowed and highly recommended (for up to two people).
This restriction does not apply to travel to and from business and other similar activities and activities; tthe duties of a public official or constitutional official; necessary trips to family or close relatives; the necessities necessary to procure basic necessities of life (eg the purchase of food, medicines and medical devices, hygienic goods, cosmetics and other drugstore goods, feed and other needs for animals), including the needs of relatives and relatives; provision of child care; provision of animal care; use of necessary financial resources and postal services; refueling; waste disposal; the routes strictly necessary to meet the needs and services for another person (eg volunteering, neighborhood help); trips to medical and social services facilities, including the provision of the necessary accompanied by relatives and close persons; trips to veterinary care facilities; journeys to deal with urgent official matters, including the provision of the necessary accompanied by relatives and close relatives; the pursuit of a profession or activities used for reinsurance a) security, internal order and crisis management, (b) health protection, the provision of health or social care, including voluntary services and activities, c) individual spiritual care and services, d) public transport and other infrastructure, e) services for the population, including supply and distribution services, f) veterinary care; trips for the purpose of staying in nature or parks and staying there and trips to your own recreational facilities and stay in them; journeys for the purpose of departure from the Czech Republic; attending the wedding and the funeral (not exceeding the maximum of 10 people), and visiting the cemetery; journeys back to your place of residence.
- All retail stores and services must close as of 6:00 on October 22, 2020. This does not apply to grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, and other shops providing essential goods. Wholesale stores remain open without limitations. In large shopping centres, only groceries, drugstores, pharmacies and other stores listed in the exception can remain open. Restaurants may still operate take-away windows and delivery.
The exception involves namely food shops, drugstores, pharmacies, gas stations, shops selling hygienic supplies, cosmetic stores, medical supply stores, pet stores, animal feed retailers, newspapers and magazine retailers, opticians and similar shops, retailers of tobacco products, gardening supply stores, laundromats, dry cleaners, car repair shops, towing services, pick-up points for packages, funeral services, florists, tailors and other clothing services, IT and consumer electronic services, real estate brokers, tax and accounting consultants, household repair and installation services, car washes, household goods and DIY stores, and composting and material collection services.
- Public office hours will be reduced to 5 hours, two days a week. All visitors are required to make an appointment and choosing written, electronic or telephone contact before personal in all cases is strongly advised for. Furthermore, all companies that are able to utilize the home office are urged to do so.
- Restrictions on tourism and entry of foreigners to the Czech Republic. Hotels and accommodation facilities have been prohibited from accepting travel for tourist purposes, though they may still accommodate business travellers. Travelling to the Czech Republic is allowed only for essential reasons, such as travelling to work and for business purposes (including cross-border workers), essential family travel, travelling to healthcare facilities, and attending a wedding or a funeral. However, Czech borders are not closed at the moment, nor are authorities conducting border controls at any locations.
Valid from October 21, 2020:
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in outdoor locations where people are less than two meters apart and for drivers and passengers in cars. This does not include families travelling together. Face masks are not mandatory for athletes while participating in sports activities. Masks are also not required in remote areas outside of cities, towns, and villages.
Valid from October 14, 2020:
- Gathering restrictions with a maximum limit of 6 people.
- The requirement to wear a face mask is extended to all public transport stops, including train, tram, and bus stations.
- All restaurants, bars and pubs in the Czech Republic must close. Restaurants may still operate take-away windows and delivery. The sale through the windows is allowed from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. The hotel restaurants can be open until 8:00 pm.
- Prohibition of alcohol consumption in publicly available places.
- All schools with the exception of kindergartens must switch to distance learning if they have not already done so.
- restrictions on activities in offices
- ban on patient visits to medical and social care facilities
- preventing people from gathering in front of elevators, escalators, toilets, etc.
- ban on public participation in meetings of municipal and regional self-government
Issued measures that apply in the City of Prague:
- Wearing face masks (or other respiratory protection) is mandatory in public transport, including intercity connections, in the interior of the metro stations and railway areas.
- Wearing face masks (or other respiratory protection) is mandatory in all interiors of buildings outside the residence.
- It is mandatory for all indoor facilities, including restaurants, retail stores and services, to provide disinfection equipment for the customers.
- Admission of new persons by all providers of social services and users of social services is banned, as well as the admission of new persons by providers of aftercare.