The Czech government is extending measures that limit people’s movement by another 10 days to April 11, to help curb the coronavirus outbreak. Travel to work or to visit family is allowed.
On Monday 30 March 2020, the government decided to extend the emergency measure against the spread of the coronavirus.
The extraordinary measure from the government following the declaration of the state of emergency, limiting freedom of movement and residence of persons until Tuesday, 24 March 2020, with certain exceptions, will now be extended until 06:00 on 11 April due to developments in the coronavirus pandemic in the Czech Republic.
As of the same date, all other emergency measures still in force have been prolonged, such as restricting, for example, retail and service sales, prohibiting the presence of the public in restaurants, restricting the operation of offices, and cancelling payment in blue parking zones.
The Czech government is debating a 2-week quarantine for all returning from abroad, as opposed to just those returning from high-risk countries.
Starting on Wednesday, March 25, the ban on other people’s access to stores has been postponed from 8.00 am to 10.00 am, and now it only applies to retail food stores, sanitary goods, cosmetics and other dry goods with a sales area of more than 500 m2.
In smaller stores of this range, sellers are instructed to give priority to senior citizens and the disabled.
The Czech Republic has been relatively quick in Europe to enforce drastic measures to limit the spread of the virus. The country reported its first infections on March 1 and as of Monday evening it had recorded 2,942 cases and 23 deaths, Reuters said.