More coronavirus restrictions end today: restaurant gardens can stay open later, no empty seats at cinemas

Since April, the Czech government started slowly lifting restrictions put into place during the start of the coronavirus pandemic

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro Published on 08.06.2020 09:16:22 (updated on 08.06.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

Restaurant patios can now remain open later, some students can return to class, theaters and cinemas do not have to leave empty seats and swimmers no longer have to wear face masks at public pools as the Czech Republic loosens more coronavirus restrictionsin a return to normal life on Monday.

Since April, the Czech government slowly started lifting restrictions put into place during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past month and a half, numerous establishments have been allowed to reopen, including restaurants, theaters, hairdressers, and more. Travel has returned slowly.

Starting Monday, a new phase takes effect. Up to 500 people can attend public events like theatrical performances or religious gatherings. This includes mass events indoors and outdoors as well as weddings and services. Museums, galleries, exhibition halls, and other similar facilities can operate with up to 500 people, so long as social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Chateau, castles, and other historical landmarks can have up to 500 people attend, so long as social distancing guidelines are maintained. The organized athletic training or matches on indoor and outdoor sports fields can allow up to 500 people to attend.

At cinemas, theaters, and concert halls, organizers no longer have to leave empty seats in the audience to force social distancing measures, though face masks remain mandatory in indoor spaces.

Restaurant’s outdoor spaces and gardens can now serve guests past 11 p.m. as well, though indoor spaces must close at 11 p.m.

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Students in the second stage of primary school and all secondary school grades, including high school, can now take part in classes again. Children will be divided into groups of 15 students maximum. However, attendance will not be mandatory, officials say, because of the risk that coronavirus may spread.

Starting Monday and Tuesday, students interested in advanced degrees can take uniform entrance exams at secondary schools. This year, because of the pandemic and risk of spread, students will only have to take one exam instead of two.

One big restriction remains: face masks. Face masks are mandatory in enclosed spaces like public transit, shops, hospitals, and offices. However, you will no longer have to wear a mask at swimming pools; radio and TV personalities, as well as guests in the studio, will no longer have to wear a face mask so long as they maintain social distancing measures.

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