All retail stores and restaurants are allowed to reopen from Thursday. The mask requirement even outdoors remains.
The Czech Republic is loosening its strict corona rules for Christmas business. All retail stores and restaurants are allowed to reopen from Thursday. The government announced after a special session of the cabinet on Sunday. Strict hygiene rules apply and the number of customers in shops is limited to one person per 15 square meters.
So far, only essential purchases are allowed. The easing was originally expected for Monday. Health Minister Jan Blatny justified the delay in the course of the week with “a further significant improvement in the situation”. The mask requirement even outdoors remains.
The Czech Republic with its 10.7 million inhabitants recently had one of the highest infection rates in Europe. In the end the situation eased somewhat. On Sunday, 2,667 new cases were reported within 24 hours. There have been a total of 518,649 confirmed infections and 8,054 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
With the transition from level four to three in the Corona warning system Pes (Czech for dog) from Thursday, further simplifications are connected. The night curfew falls. Up to 50 people can gather outdoors and ten indoors. A maximum of 30 believers are allowed to attend church services during Advent. Museums and galleries can open with restrictions, but theaters and cinemas remain closed.
(WHAT / dpa)