The Prague International Film Festival Febiofest is the latest industry event to be canceled in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak.
Organizers confirmed Tuesday that the event is canceled until further notice and will aim to be rescheduled later in the year.
The cancellation follows a ban by the Czech Ministry of Health on cinema screenings, elementary and high school classes, sports matches and cultural events in response to fears over the coronavirus.
The government ban targets public events nationwide that expect attendance of more than 100 people. Cinemas, theater productions, concerts, exhibitions, and trade fares are to be shut down as of Tuesday evening at 6pm, while schools are to cancel classes starting Wednesday with no timeline stated for re-opening.
For now, pre-schools, restaurants, shopping centers and public transport are to remain open, according to the announcement.
Czechs and foreign residents, meanwhile, are now required to undergo a two-week quarantine, generally done in people’s homes, if they have travelled to Italy, where more than 463 people have so far died from the virus.