Czech Republic further loosens Covid-19 restrictions as of this weekend

More people in the Czech Republic will be allowed to enter shops and attend events, along with other changes in effect from this weekend.

ČTK

Written by ČTK
Published on 27.06.2021 09:59 (updated on 27.06.2021)

Additional anti-epidemic restrictions have been lifted in the Czech Republic under a government relaxation plan that took effect as of Saturday. Cultural and other mass events, retail shops, and services are now allowed to accommodate more people than before.

The government originally planned to introduce these relaxation measures as of July 1, but it rescheduled their introduction due to an updated plan for Covid-19 testing in advance of children's summer camps that might start before the end of the school year, which officially falls on June 30.

Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said the new measures should remain in place for some time. Should the epidemic situation worsen in some regions, he said that he wants to tackle potential clusters with locally-targeted measures.

The incidence rate, which indicates the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, has largely been on the decrease over the past two months according to data from the Health Ministry. However, the situation varies in particular regions.

Prague currently has the highest incidence rate with over 16 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, while other Czech regions report numbers below ten. The infection is spreading slowest in the Hradec Králové and Karlovy Vary Regions, where the incidence rate is under one.

As of this weekend, these new regulations are in effect:

  • Retail shops are now able to let in one customer per 10 square meters, instead of the previous limit of one per 15 square meters. The ban of promotional events in shops has also been lifted.
  • Galleries and museums may also now admit one visitor per 10 square meters, up from one per 15.
  • Services such as hairdressers, cosmeticians, nail salons and spas are no longer limited to serving only one client at a time. They also no longer need to register their clients.
  • Swimming pools and wellness centers will be allowed to accommodate up to 75% of their capacities, up from the previous 50%.
  • Up to 5,000 people may now attend outdoor events, up from 2,000.
  • Up to 2,000 people may attend indoor events (or a maximum of 75% of the venue capacity, whichever is lower), up from 1,000.
  • Live music may once again be performed in clubs and restaurants, but dancing is still forbidden.
  • Groups of tourists will be able to visit heritage sites, such as castles and chateaus, without any restriction if the participants have a certificate of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test.
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