Current restrictions

Update: 21 October

The government of the Czech Republic has declared a state of emergency for 30 days, starting on Monday, 5 October. The main reason to do so is to give the government the ability to more easily issue and implement regulations and distribute medical equipment throughout the worsening epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic.

  • Facemasks are compulsory in all buildings, on public transport and outside when it is not possible to keep a safe two-meter distance from other individuals.

Stricter measures are in force until Tuesday, 3 November:

  • Starting 22 October, free movement of persons in the Czech Republic is prohibited. There will be several exceptions to this ban, in particular for trips to work and in connection with business, for trips to see family, for the purchase of basic necessities and for trips to health-care facilities. People will also be able to go out to parks, into nature. With the exception of members of a household, only two people will be able to move about together in public places.
  • Starting 22 October, shops and services are closed. Exceptions include, for example, the sale of food, drugstore items, pharmacies, and florists.
  • All primary and high schools are closed except for kindergartens.
  • The presence of students at universities is prohibited as of 12 October, with the exception of clinical and practical teaching and internships of students in the study programmes of general medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other healthcare study programmes. 
  • All students at higher education institutions must wear facemasks in schools, including classes.
  • Czech students have to move out of dormitories. This does not apply to international students.
  • Universities can hold exams where there are no more than 10 people.
  • All cultural, sporting and social events are cancelled.
  • Restaurants, bars, clubs etc. are closed. Food can be served through service windows (until 8 p.m.) and food delivery services.
  • It is forbidden to drink alcohol in public places.
  • Government has also limited the activities of public authorities and institutions so that office hours for the public will be only two days a week and five hours a day for two weeks.

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