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The Czech government announced the new measures on 25 November, Source: Czech government on Facebook

Czech government declares 30-day state of emergency

Czech government declares 30-day state of emergency

The decision comes after the country recorded almost 26,000 COVID cases on Wednesday

In a meeting on 25 November, the Czech government declared a new state of emergency following a spike in COVID cases as the country recorded nearly 26,000 infections on 24 November. The state of emergency came into force at midnight on 26 November and will last for a month, until 25 December.

New measures

As of today (Friday 26 November), catering establishments, bars, clubs, casinos, etc., will have to cease operations between 22:00 and 04:59. In addition to this, the government has prohibited the consumption of alcohol in public, except when inside catering establishments.

Discussing the holiday season, the government further revealed that it has banned the operations of Christmas markets. Despite this, citizens will still be able to purchase Christmas trees.

Limiting mass gatherings

Aside from the above measures, there will also be a limit on mass gatherings in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. As such, the maximum number of spectators at sports and cultural events will now be 1,000. Meanwhile, the number of people participating in leisure activities will be reduced from 1,000 to 100.

There will be no limit on the number of people attending funerals.

Urging citizens to get vaccinated

Currently, 58.9% of the Czech population has been fully vaccinated. This percentage is lower than in Austria (65.8%), where the government recently announced a full lockdown and the mandatory vaccination of citizens from February. To avoid the need to institute similar rules, the government is urging citizens to get vaccinated.

Expanding on this, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš asks people not to believe fake news, noting: “It’s not true. All vaccines we use in the Czech Republic are approved by the European Medicines Agency. Vaccination is the only solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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