Latest: Restaurants and Pubs to Close at 8 p.m.

The Czech government will close indoor sports facilities and culture venues for two weeks from Monday to slow down the spread of new coronavirus infections.

On Thursday, the Minister of Health Roman Prymula (ANO) announced that restaurants and other catering facilities will have to close as early as 8 pm.

Read: Czech Republic Reports 5,335 New coronavirus Cases, Highest One-Day Rise

From tomorrow, Friday October 8, dining establishments will be limited to 4 people at one table, and pupils in the upper level of elementary schools will alternate in-class and distance learning, government officials said.

Only two people will be able to sit at the table in the food courts inside the shopping centers.

A group of shopping centres in Prague have decided to temporarily switch off their wifi in an attempt to stop students from gathering there.

Read: Prague Shopping Centres Switch Off Wi-Fi to Deter Teenagers

The Czech government will also close indoor sports facilities and culture venues for two weeks.

Gyms and swimming pools must be closed from tomorrow, Friday, October 9. “We will evaluate and assess the situation in 14 days,” Prymula specified.

“The situation that has arisen these days is alarming,” Prymula admitted, adding that the number of serious cases is growing.

The Czech Republic reported 5,335 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its highest one-day tally since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.

The rise surpassed a previous record of 4,457 reported the previous day as the country of 10.7 million had Europe’s fastest per-capita spike in cases in the past two weeks.

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