Czech Republic coronavirus restrictions list: updated January 8, 2021

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Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro
Published on 29.10.2020 13:38 (updated on 12.01.2021)

Here's a complete breakdown of all the pandemic restrictions now in place in Prague and the Czech Republic. We'll update this article each time new restrictions are announced.

Last updated: Jan. 8, 2020

Dec. 23, 2020

These measures have been extended and will be in place until at least Jan. 22.

  • Curfew in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Schools: Most schools will move to remote learning except kindergartens, schools for disabled children and first and second graders
  • Closure of non-essential shops, supermarkets limited to sell essential items such as food, drink or drugstore items
  • Capacity in church limited to one-tenth
  • Public gatherings limited from six to two persons
  • Maximum of 15 people allowed to attend marriages and funerals.
  • The operation of ski lifts will be stopped

Dec. 14, 2020

  • Hotels, swimming pools, fitness centers and saunas will have to close.
  • Ski resorts can open on Friday, but you cannot stay in ski resorts. Refreshments can only be sold in restaurants through the spending window. Equipment rentals can open
  • Small shops can stay open, officials said, as well as some service businesses like hairdressers.
  • Curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Schools: schools will operate in the third degree of PES until Friday, Dec. 18. The 18th will be the last day at school and holidays will start the next week.
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed in public
  • The government has allowed the immediate consumption of beverages outside of establishments, excluding alcohol.
  • Visits to the elderly homes will be possible so long as you have a PCR test in the past two days. Protective aids must be present.
  • Masks must still be worn indoors and outdoors as previously stated
  • Maximum of six people gathered indoors and outdoors.
  • Churches must operate at 20 percent capacity.
  • Indoor sports grounds remain closed. You can play sports outdoors, up to a maximum of 6 people.
  • Museums, castles, and other cultural centers must close.
  • Home office, whenever possible.

Dec. 8, 2020

  • Restaurant opening hours: Restaurants and bars in the Czech Republic must now close at 8 p.m. starting Wednesday, instead of 10 p.m.
  • The consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited, and the sale of alcoholic beverages at markets of any kind is prohibited
  • Catering services will not be allowed to operate
  • Ski resorts, originally set to reopen next week, may not reopen. The government will decide at a later date.

Dec. 3, 2020

  • The night curfew (currently 11:00 p.m.) will be lifted, allowing full free movement of people within the Czech Republic.
  • Retail shops may open with a limit of one person per 15 square meters and at least two meters between customers; lines outside the establishments must be regulated if this limit is exceeded.
  • Restaurants may reopen from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 50% capacity and a maximum of four guests to a table.
  • Shopping centers will be able to open with a limit of one person per 15 square meters and at least two meters between visitors; lines must be kept both outside individual stores and outside the shopping center if this limit is exceeded. Food courts may reopen, but children's corners must remain closed.
  • Shops may open on Sundays.
  • Christmas markets may take place, though some (including those in central Prague) have already been cancelled.
  • Services such as hairdressers and salons may open with a limit of one person per 15 square meters; hairdressers must wear a face mask, but not a shield.
  • Museums and galleries may reopen to 25% capacity, but cinemas and theaters must remain closed.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may reopen under the same regulations as shops; classes may be conducted in groups of a maximum of ten (one instructor and nine participants) and all gym goers must wear a face mask.
  • Libraries may reopen and church services may be held under the same guidelines as shops.
  • Alcohol may be consumed in public spaces without limits.
  • Mass events may take place with a limit of 50 people if outdoors, and 10 people indoors.
  • Weddings and funerals may take place with a limit of 30 people in attendance (up from 20).
  • Visits to social care facilities are still prohibited, but visits to health care facilities are allowed with some restrictions.
  • Accommodation services may be provided without restriction.
  • Home office is still recommended for businesses if possible. Frequent testing is recommended for warehouse and production facilities.
  • Castles, chateaux and other cultural sites may reopen to groups of a maximum of 10.
  • Face masks must continue to be worn at all indoor locations and outdoor locations if a distance of 2 meters between people cannot be kept.
  • The third PES level also allows for a wider reopening of schools, but the Education Ministry has already announced that schools will continue to operate as if under the fourth PES level.
  • Pools and wellness centers may operate within the limit on gatherings of people.
  • Recreational sports my be played without limit outdoors and with a maximum of 10 people indoors.

Regulations concerning the operation of ski resorts are currently being prepared and expected to be announced by the end of next week.

These regulations are expected to remain in effect through Christmas. Note that while establishments are allowed to reopen, whether they do so under the restrictions still in place is at the discretion of the operator.

For the full breakdown, click here.

Nov. 30, 2020

  • Primary schools students in 1st grade to 9th grade can return to school. In addition, other second grade classes will alternate between in-class and online school instruction. The condition for their return is contingent on the Czech Republic downgrading the PES risk assessment from level five to level four.

Nov. 25, 2020

  • Some teaching to return: Full-time teaching of final years and fourth years of six-year fields of education at the conservatory at secondary schools will return. In addition, full-time practical teaching and practical training in groups of up to 20 pupils or students can now resume. Students in the last years of university will be able to study in groups of 20 people. This applies to laboratory, practical or artistic teaching.

Nov. 23, 2020

  • Outdoor gatherings: up to six people can gather outdoors instead of just two.
  • Curfew moved from 21:00 to 23:00.
  • Shops and restaurant take-away windows may now be open until 23:00. Drinking alcohol in public places is still prohibited.
  • 20 people can now participate in weddings and funerals, instead of 15.
  • Theater performances and concerts can now take place without spectators. For example, television recordings or internet broadcasts.
  • Store shopping cart rule: stores require one shopping cart per person, however mothers and fathers with children will be exempt. The store capacity will also not include children under the age of six. Inside of the stores, the customer must still have 15 square meters of operating space. The ban on sales on Sundays and public holidays still applies.
  • Guns and ammunition stores: stores with weapons and ammunition may now open due to the necessary shooting of wild pigs (boars), especially in the north of Bohemia, where there is a risk of transmission of African swine fever from Germany or Poland.
  • Driving schools: these schools can again organize theoretical and practical final tests. Training rides are still prohibited.
  • Libraries: You can pick up loans in libraries from the dispensers. Previously, it was only possible to obtain books without contact.

Nov. 18, 2020

  • First and second graders, preparatory classes and students in special schools will return to school. According to Minister of Education Robert Plaga, conditions of their return include the need to split kids into homogeneous groups, mandatory face masks on all premises, and frequent ventilation in classrooms. After-school groups and school meal services will be in operation. At primary and secondary schools, individual consultations for those in need will be possible.
  • Stores must limit the number of shoppers to 15 square meters per customer. Vendors are required to manage queues inside and in front of the stores and to monitor compliance with two-meter spacing between shoppers. Closing time is now extended from the current 19:59 to 21:00, when the curfew begins to apply.
  • Take-away windows can be open longer. The current opening period for restaurants, bars, and pubs has been extended from 5:00 to 21:00. During this time, hotels and similar facilities can serve guests in their restaurants.
  • Playing sports on outdoor sports facilities is allowed and has now been added to the list of current exceptions from the ban on the free movement during the day.
  • As of Wednesday, Nov. 18, 15 people are allowed to attend weddings, funerals, and church services (previously that number was limited to 10).
  • Dog and cat grooming salons are opening. The government now allows establishments that provide animal grooming services to operate.

Monday, Nov. 9

New conditions for entry into the Czech Republic apply from Monday, Nov. 9, marking almost all of the European countries at least in orange on the travel traffic light. Further information regarding the restrictions, which apply both to Czech citizens returning to the Czech Republic and to all foreigners, can be found here.

Monday, Nov. 2

  • Prague public transit switches to new schedule: Prague public transit will switch to a holiday schedule starting at 22:00. You still have to wear face masks on public transit and in vehicles with people you don't live with.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

  • Restrictions on free movement: Going out during nighttime hours between 9 pm until 4:59 am is banned with the exception of travel for the purposes of going to work, conducting business activities, or urgent travel. Walking your dog after 9 p.m. must occur within 500 meters of your residence. During the day, you are allowed to take walks in nature and parks.
  • Limitations on shop hours: shops must close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, and must close entirely on Sundays. This excludes essential shops like petrol stations, pharmacies, shops in busy places, such as airports or railway stations, shops in medical facilities, and restaurants, which operate in the form of delivery service. 
  • Changes to the home office: Officials have ordered everyone to work from home in both public and private companies and institutions, if possible. Health Minister Roman Prymula said work from home cannot be easily ordered for everyone, and the decision needs to be primarily made by the management of the companies.
  • Restrictions on farmers' markets: farmers markets stalls selling fresh and locally grown produce, meat eggs, bakery products and honey may still operate but stalls must be at least 2 meters apart and no more than 20 people per 400 square meters are allowed in the market at any one time. Eating at markets is forbidden. In light of these restrictions, many Prague farmers markets have said they cannot operate under such tight restrictions and will close instead. Before heading to your farmers market check their social media page to see if they will be operating.
  • Spa care: Spa rehabilitation care is now only available to people whose stay is at least partially covered by public health insurance.

Thursday, Oct. 22

  • Restrictions on free movement and contact with others: public gathering with more than two people that do not share the same household have now been banned. Walking in parks and forests for exercise is allowed and recommended for up to two people. Exceptions to this restriction include travel to work, necessary visits to see family, trips to purchase essential items such as food, and more. Read the full list of exceptions here.
  • Retail stores and services must close: however, this restriction has several exceptions, including grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, and other shops providing essential goods. In addition, wholesale stores can stay open without limitations. In malls and large shopping centers, groceries, drugstores, pharmacies and other stores listed in the exception can remain open. Restaurants can still run take-out windows and delivery. See a full list of the exceptions here.
  • Limitations on public office hours: public offices will now be open just two days a week for five hours. Visitors need appointments and should contact the office beforehand by writing, calling or visiting their website. Companies are encouraged to switch to home office.
  • Restrictions on tourism and entry of foreigners to the country: Traveling to the Czech Republic is only allowed for essential reasons, including work or business purposes, essential family travel, travel to healthcare facilities, or attending a wedding or funeral. Hotels and other accommodations cannot accept travel for tourist reasons, but they can still accommodate business travelers. Czech borders are not closed, and authorities are not conducting border controls anywhere.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • Face mask regulations: you must now wear a face mask outdoors where people are less than two meters apart. In addition, drivers and passengers in a car that do not live together must wear face masks. Exceptions include athletes in sports activities and remote areas outside of cities, towns and villages.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • Gatherings: you cannot gather with more than six people outside of your household
  • Face mask regulations: you need to wear a face mask at all public transport stops, including train, tram, and bus stations.
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs must close: however, restaurants can still operate take-away windows and delivery from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hotel restaurants can remain open until 8 p.m.
  • Alcohol cannot be consumed in public
  • Schools switch to distance learning: all schools, except kindergartens and some special education schools, must switch to distance learning if they have not done so already.

Ongoing Measures

  • Restrictions on activities in offices.
  • All concerts, musicals, casinos, casinos, indoor sports grounds (fitness, bowling), sports events, federal events, shows, and tastings have been banned.
  • Swimming pools, wellness, solariums, zoos, clubs, fairs, museums, galleries, and castles must close to visitors.
  • Medical and social facilities cannot accept guests.
  • Avoid gathering in front of elevators, escalators, and toilets.
  • Only visit shopping centers in groups of two people.
  • Public participation in meetings of municipal and regional self-government has been banned.

Ongoing Restrictions in Place in Prague

  • Face mask regulations on public transit: you must wear face masks (or other respiratory protection) on all public transit, including the interior of the metro stations and railway areas as well as intercity connections.
  • Face masks mandatory indoors: you must wear face masks (or other respiratory protection) in all indoor locations that are not your home.
  • All indoor facilities, including restaurants, retail stores and services, now must provide disinfection equipment for the customers.
  • Admission of new persons by all providers of social services and users of social services is banned, as well as the admission of new persons by providers of aftercare.

Thank you to our partners at the City of Prague's Expat Centre for supplying source materials for this article.