UPDATE: The Czech Republic's state of emergency does not end on Sunday

Current restrictions will continue over at least the next two weeks as the Czech government has declared a new state of emergency.

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 13.02.2021 13:18:00 (updated on 14.02.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

UPDATE: hours before the state of emergency expires, the Czech government has declared a new one to take its place. Most current measures will remain intact. See here for more details.

At the time this update was published the information below was no longer valid, but may come into effect at the end of February should the new state of emergency expire then.

This week, the Czech Chamber of Deputies refused to extend the current state of emergency that many of the country's anti-COVID-19 measures have been enacted under.

The state of emergency will expire at midnight Sunday, and along with it some of the lockdown measures in place in the Czech Republic.

Government officials, however, are currently meeting with regional governors to discuss assess what steps to take next.

Barring those options and until we know more, which could be later tonight or tomorrow morning, here's what will happen when the state of emergency expires on Sunday evening.

The following breakdown is based on preliminary information provided by the Czech Ministry of Health. An extraordinary act from Health Ministry will govern the Czech anti-COVID-19 measures should the state of emergency expire without corresponding moves, but precise details are still TBA.

The following measures will change:

Shops and services will be able to re-open. However, the number of people allowed inside will be limited (to one person per 15 square meters) and sanitary measures must be observed.

Restrictions on free movement will end. This includes the night curfew, currently valid from 9 p.m.

Restrictions on the right to assembly will end. There will no longer be a limit on how many people from outside the same household can gather in public spaces.

Ski resorts will be able to open, but social distancing and sanitary measures must be ensured.

Markets will be able to open, but social distancing and sanitary measures must be ensured.

The following measures will *not* change:

Regulations on wearing face masks and other sanitary measures remain in effect.

Border restrictions and requirements for being admitted into the country remain in effect.

Restaurants will continue to remain closed to sit-down dining. Delivery and takeaway will continue to operate.

Accommodation services will remain closed for tourism purposes.

Schools will continue to operate under their current protocol.

This information may soon be updated. More details will become available over the next two days.

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