The state of emergency along with the main government restrictions against the spread of the COVID-19 virus will continue until Sunday, May 17. The Chamber of Deputies voted on the dates for the extension. However, the government wanted the emergency to continue up until May 25, reflecting the government’s plans to gradually relax restrictions on trade and services in particular.
The state of emergency has been in force in the Czech Republic since Thursday, March 12. The government itself can declare the emergency for a maximum of 30 days. The Chamber of Deputies has already extended the emergency period once, until the end of April.
The government requested a further extension of the state of emergency after the verdict of the Prague City Court. The court cancelled the main restrictive measures of the Ministry of Health issued pursuant to the Public Health Protection Act. According to the court, the government is the only legal body to issue restrictive measures according to the crisis law.