From Monday, these are the new restrictions; more to be added on Friday, confirms Czech health ministry

The two-week state of emergency will take effect in the Czech Republic from October 5: here's what you need to know


Written by ČTK Published on 05.10.2020 10:06:00 (updated on 05.10.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

In an effort to prevent the continued spread of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic, a state of emergency will take effect from Monday, October 5 and will last for two weeks.

Czech Health Minister Roman Prymula said through the weekend in a televized interview that more restrictions were coming down the pike and would be announced on Friday, October 9, along with additional long-term measures. Those additional measures could possibly include closure of the second level of primary schools.

This morning Prymula told reporters that if 30 to 40 percent of the country's population did not respect the current measures, the government would need to tighten them in about ten days.

On Sunday, the number of covid-19 cases in the Czech Republic increased by 1,841, which was the largest increase in Sunday since the beginning of the epidemic. 

From today, these blanket restrictions will be implemented throughout the Czech Republic:


  • Schools clubs can have a maximum 10 participants indoors and 20 outdoors. Clubs with higher numbers cannot operate. This rule also also applies to sports training. 
  • In Prague, from Monday the operation of leisure centers organizing children's clubs will be limited and some may take place via distance or be cancelled entirely. Check with individual courses before attending.
  • From today universities and secondary schools are closed in districts that are marked orange or red on the regional traffic light (not according to districts). See map here.

Social activities

  • From Monday, inside events of over 10 people and outside events of over 20 people will be banned. Exceptions will be households and offices. 
  • For weddings and funerals, there will be a limit of 30 people from October 19.


  • Dining establishments will be limited to 6 people at one table and must close at 10pm until 6am.
  • Distance must be maintained between tables so that customers do not sit closer than 1.5 meters from two different tables. 
  • If guests buy food from a window and consume it near the establishment, they must stay two meters away from other patrons unless they share a household with those patrons.
  • Only six people can sit at one table. There can be no more people in the restaurant than there are seats.


  • As of Monday, all events where singing would take place are almost entirely banned (concerts, musicals, operas, etc.).
  • For theatre performances and other non-singing events, spectators will be limited to 500 people.
  • Each spectator must have a clearly defined place, where they should remain the majority of the time. Refreshment windows will remain closed.
  • The distance between the spectators and the actors should be two meters. If for some reason it is not possible to keep this spacing, plexiglass can be used.


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Sports and fitness activities

  • Leisure sports for up to 20 people will be allowed. Up to 130 people can be present at professional sports matches.
  • Aquaparks, swimming pools, and gyms can remain open.

Shops and services

  • For hair salons and barber shops entry is banned if you have a temperature above 37 Celsius.
  • Farmers markets will remain open, however, visitors must comply with mask wearing and disinfectatant and maintain a distance of 2 meters.

For a complete list of measures, see the Czech government website here (Czech only).

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