News from Brno

Christmas markets at Brno squares will open on 3 December

The stands at the Freedom Square, Dominican Square, Cabbage Market, Moravian Square, and by the Jošt statue will open on Thursday 3 December. The stands will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no food or drinks for direct consumption on the spot. Craftworks, gifts, packed food, etc. will be for sale. There will be spacing between stands and hand sanitizers will be available. With regard to the fragile situation, organizers kindly ask all visitors to follow basic hygiene rules and to behave responsibly.…

A new testing place for antigen tests at the exhibition centre

Since 16 November, there has been a new option to get a COVID-19 test in Brno. The Helping Hands NGO (Společnost Podané ruce) has opened a new testing place for antigen tests in the area of the exhibition centre. The place is accessible via the main entrance next to the Congress Centre for those coming on foot. If arriving by car, you may use the parking plot in front of the main gate. Further information as well as the reservation system can be found at covidtestbrno.cz (in Czech only). Currently the opening hours are scheduled from 8:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, from 8:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays, and Sundays according to demand. The test price is CZK 500. Antigen tests are evaluated within several minutes and are cheaper than PCR tests. However, their sensitivity is lower and if they come out positive, it is necessary to confirm the result with a PCR test. …

St. Anne’s Hospital has established a COVID-19 info centre

The St. Anne’s University Hospital (FNUSA) in Brno started the operation of a telephone information centre today. The need for the centre ensued from many questions on testing for COVID-19, evaluation of samples and sending of results. There are three employees at the FNUSA Information Centre, which is the official name of the new department, who will answer telephone questions from the public. People can get information on the possibilities of testing and on further procedures related to COVID-19 here and do not have to contact health care staff in laboratories and health care facilities so that they can deal with their own work. The telephone line 543 185 555 will be available between 7:00 and 19:00 on weekdays and between 9:30 and 18:00 on weekends and holidays. The staff will answer also questions by e-mail at the address informacnicentrum@fnusa.cz which has been established for this purpose. The St. Anne’s University Hospital Information Centre is intended to continue its work even when the pandemic is over. Apart from providing information by phone it can serve also to the hospital’s visitors in future.…

Brno Municipality adjusts office hours from 2 November

From 2 November 2020, citizens without a prior electronic reservation will be able to solve their official matters at the Brno Municipality mostly on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 and 13:00 only. Currently accepted electronic reservations remain valid (also for appointments outside these hours), however, new reservations have been suspended until further notice with regard to the current situation and governmental regulations in force. Reservation systems will release new appointments continuously when possible. More information in the Authorities and institutions section. …

The construction of a reserve hospital started at Brno Fairgrounds

With regard to the deteriorating epidemic situation, the construction of a reserve hospital started at Brno Fairgrounds. The hospital will be used for patients ill with COVID-19 in case of unavailable beds in hospitals. The construction itself should take a week. Another week is reserved for the installation and transport of needed medical equipment and material, to be done by the Merciful Brothers Hospital together with the University Hospital Brno. The planned capacity of the facility located in the G2 hall is 302 beds. The costs for the construction of the reserve hospital are calculated to CZK 1.6 mil. excl. VAT. Operating costs per moth are estimated to CZK 4 mil. excl. VAT, not counting the medical staff’s salaries. The construction of the provisional hospital started with building dividers between beds. Photo by M. Schmerková There will be about 300 beds. Photo by M. Schmerková As for material equipment, the hospital will be ready in two weeks. Photo by M. Schmerková…

SAKO: How to handle waste during pandemic

Does a paper face mask belong to sorted waste? Do covid-19-infected have to do anything special about their waste? Will the waste collection centres be closed due to governmental regulations? The SAKO Brno municipal company gives answers to basic questions concerning waste during the pandemic. Disposable face masks – sort or not sort? Always throw your used disposable face masks into mixed waste. If you sorted them and threw into a coloured container, they would go to a sorting line whose staff would get in contact with them. From the mixed waste dustbin, though, they go straight to the incinerator, being machine-handled throughout their way from the dustbin lorry to the boiler. Moreover, the high temperature of the incineration destroys viruses and other pathogens safely. For precautionary reasons, ill people or those under quarantine should not sort their waste. The sorting lines’ staff would be again endangered by contact with them. Put all the waste in a tied up bag and then in mixed waste; ideally, disinfect the bag’s surface. More information here. Waste collection centres remain open. However, the rules of their operation are adjusted to be in line with governmental regulations. Wearing face masks and keeping distance is a matter of course. Only one person (or one car) will be allowed to enter, and only after he/she leaves, another one will be let in. The staff will advise people about the proper containers, but for hygienic reasons they will not help with handling the waste. This is also why the collection of items at REUSE and RENAB points is suspended. Please note that the links are in Czech language only. …

Driving licences expired during the state of emergency can be used as valid

If your driving licence expires during the state of emergency announced from 5 October, you do not have to hurry to the municipality. You can use the expired licence as if it was valid for the whole duration of the state of emergency. We recommend you to make an electronic order for the appointment to apply for a new one. Although dates are available for later time only, the exchange of driving licence is not so urgent now and by reserving your date you can avoid possible lengthy queueing. The reservation can be done here (system in Czech only). More information can be found at the Ministry of Transport website (in English). This measure does not apply to identity cards.…

City of Brno has selected four schools for health professionals’ children

The City of Brno has selected four schools for children of the Integrated Rescue System staff, health professionals, social workers and others as defined by a governmental regulation (information in Czech language can be found here). The list of schools with detailed information and contacts can be found here (in Czech language only). …

Brno City Municipality has adjusted its office hours

In line with the governmental regulation, from 12 October 2020 the Brno City Municipality adjusts its office hours to Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 to 13:00. However, office hours remain unchanged for the most important agenda and electronic orders remain valid, too. More information can be found in the Authorities and institutions section.…

Residential parking: Zvonařka office to serve clients upon prior order only

Only clients with a prior electronic order will be served during the office hours of the Zvonařka office to arrange for a parking permit. This measure is to prevent gatherings of larger number of people and thus help fighting the coronavirus spread. All applications can be solved online, without a personal visit needed. The User’s Personal Site (UPS) can be established simply by e-mail.All parking and entrance permits can be obtained via UPS (how to?). The parking permit can be arranged also via data box or Brno ID account. The electronic order of a personal visit can be arranged here (system in Czech language only). …

Hygiene Authority orders for face masks at outdoor events

Wearing protection over nose and mouth has been obligatory at organized outdoor events and gatherings of more than 100 people in the Brno-City district since 23 September. The Hygiene Authority has also ordered universities and colleges to suspend face-to-face education from the same date. Students can attend universities/colleges only to visit a library or for individual consultations or examinations. Both regulations can be found at the Regional Hygiene Authority’s official notice board: www.khsbrno.cz/index.php?stav_menu=uredni_deska (in Czech language only).…

Hospitals and retirement homes declare ban on visits

The South Moravian Region’s Security Council has decided about a ban on visits to hospitals and retirement homes run by the region with effect from Monday 21 September. The city requires the same procedure from its facilities, too. Please watch individual institutions’ websites to find out more.…

Tenants of City-owned non-residental premises can apply for rent waiver until the mid of August

Not only enterpreneurs, who meet condition of the government’s relief programme ”Covid – Nájemné“ [“COVID – Rent”], but also other entities can apply for rent waiver of non-residential premises. This applies to City-owned premises (not entrusted to city districts) or its subsidiary companies. Procedure of the whole process has been already approved by Brno City Councillors. Applications will be accepted by 14 August. Full instructions including the relevant form can be found here (in Czech only).…

Call for hoteliers: Apply for privileged BRNOPAS

The City of Brno and TIC have prepared a call for hotels and other collective accommodation facilities in the framework of tourism support. 7,000 privileged 3-day BRNOPAS cards will be distributed among involved entities (for a price of CZK 100, while regular price is CZK 490). More information (in Czech language only) can be found here.…

ID cards expired during state of emergency are invalid; driving licences validity prolonged

Documents that expired during the state of emergency could be used as valid ones then. While this measure ended together with the state of emergency in case of ID cards, there is an EU regulation for driving licences which automatically extends their validity with seven months. It is necessary to apply for a new ID card which expired during the state of emergency as soon as possible. The reservation system for the Administrative Activities Department can be found here (page in Czech language only). You will be treated without a reservation as well – then you need to count with a possible waiting time. The situation is different with traffic-related documents. The EU regulations says that validity of periodic trainings, professional competence certificates or driving licences which expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 automatically extends for a period of seven months from the date of their original expiry date. The whole text of the Regulation can be found here. …

Waste fee: cash payment possible from 15 June

The cash office at Šumavská street where people use to pay for the waste collection fee will open on 15 June. Only one cash desk is going to be open so that the recommended two-metre distance between people can be kept. However, we still recommend to pay cashlessly – via bank transfer, Brno iD municipal services e-shop or postal order. More at www.brno.cz/odpady.…

Applying for an ID card or driving licence with a prior order preferably

It is better to have a prior electronic order for a specific time to visit the Administrative Activities Department (ID cards, travel passports) and Transport Administrative Activities Department (driving licences, vehicle register). Without this prior electronic order citizens will be treated as well, but possible waiting time needs to be counted with. Prior arrangement of appointments is needed also at the Trade Licensing Office and we recommend it at all other departments, too. More information in the Authorities and Institutions section.…

Brno hospitals still forbidden to visitors, except for Vojenská nemocnice

The governmental ban of visits to hospitals and nursing homes was lifted on 25 May. However, with regard to strict hygienic conditions most Brno hospitals still do not allow for visits. The only exception is the Vojenská nemocnice. We recommend to check for current situation at individual institutions’ websites.…

Most municipal kindergartens to open on 18 or 25 May

Over 130 kindergartens run by the City of Brno and its city districts can reopen after the state of emergency ends. The specific date was chosen by the kindergarten’s management upon an agreement with the founder. Most of them will open on 18 or 25 May. A complete list of kindergartens with their reopening date can be found here.…

Cash payment for waste fee possible from July

Cash offices at Šumavská street used for cash payments for the waste collection fee will be closed till the end of June. This year citizens can postpone their payments till the end of summer holidays. But it is also possible to pay in a cashless manner several ways – via bank transfer, Brno iD e-shop or with a postal order. More at www.brno.cz/odpady. …

Further municipality’s departments reopen, office hours extend

The busiest departments – Administrative Activities Dept. (ID cards, passports) and Transport Administrative Activities Dept. (driving licences, register of vehicles) – will complement their office days. Apart from standard Monday – Wednesday – Friday, also Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:00 – 12:00) will be open to public. Until 30 June it is still necessary to arrange for an appointment electronically in advance – this applies also to appointments at the Trade Licence Dept. The electronic reservation system can be found here (in Czech language only). The researchers‘ room at the Brno City Archive has reopened, too. Up-to-date information can be found at archiv.brno.cz (in Czech language only). More information at the Authorities and institutions section. …

Municipal kindergarten can reopen after 17 May

Together with the end of the state of emergency also the measure closing kindergartens in Brno will expire. The concrete date of their reopening – which may happen on 18 May at the earliest – will result from an agreement between the kindergarten’s management and founder (usually city district). Brno councillors approved and sent to both these parties a list of recommendations, explaining conditions for the renewal of kindergartens’ operation. A press release including the mentioned list can be found here (in Czech language only). …

Parking at blue zones to be paid for again

Since Tuesday 28 April 2020 the zones for paid parking in Brno have been operated as usual again. The situation that was in place from mid-March when parking at blue zones was free of charge upon a governmental regulation, is thus over. Payment for parking can be made via parking meters or with a mobile phone.…

Zoo reopened

The outdoor expositions of Zoo Brno have been reopened. The ZOO is open daily from 9:00 till 18:00, tickets need to be bought online in advance (system in Czech only; the cash desk is closed). Pavilions, inner expositions (such as the Goat Yard in Children’s Zoo) and the U Tygra restaurant remain closed. Commentated feeding is not held. More information at the Zoo’s Facebook (in Czech only).…

CZK 25 million allocated to mitigate the pandemic impact

Support for the foodie scene or cultural businesses, remission of rent or extending the purpose for already granted municipal subsidies – Assembly members have adopted a package of economic measures to mitigate the impacts of restrictions kept to prevent the coronavirus spread. More information in an article by Brno Daily.…

Pay for waste online - deadline postponed till August

Members of the City Assembly have postponed the deadline for the waste fee payment to 31 August (instead of usual 31 May). With regard to the coronavirus outbreak all cash offices to pay for the municipal solid waste fee have been closed. Citizens can use other forms of payment – bank transfer, Brno iD web or postal order. All information can be found here. …

Parking permits prolonged

The validity of long-term parking permits will be prolonged to all owners for the period the parking is free of charge (currently from 16 March to 30 April, i.e. 6 weeks). This will happen automatically by 26 April 2020 and the change will be visible at the personal user account. This measure applies to residents, visitors and subscribers for the B parking zone.…

Municipality restores office hours

Starting on Monday 20 April 2020 the Municipality gets back to standard office hours, i.e. Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00 – 17:00 and Fridays 8:00 – 12:00. It is necessary to arrange for a personal appointment in advance: a) by an electronic order – to Administrative Activities Department (ID cards, travel passports, population register; Husova 5; order here), Transport Administrative Activities Department (driving licences, vehicle register; Kounicova 67; order here) and to Trade Licensing Office (Malinovského nám. 3; order here). If you made your reservation before 16 March 2020, please make it again, all the reservations were cancelled as of that day. Please note that the order systems are in Czech language only. TIP: According to the Ministry of Interior’s opinion, citizens do not have to renew their identity cards or driving licences if these expire during the state of emergency. b) by e-mail or phone – to all other departments. More information at the Authorities and institutions section.…

Private kindergartens may open on 20 April, municipal in May

Private kindergartens and children groups can open again starting on 20 April 2020, depending on their founder’s decision. Municipal kindergartens need to wait for a methodology which should be issued by the Ministry of Education by the end of April. The methodology will summarize necessary hygienic measures to adopt and keep so that the risk of coronavirus spreading is minimized. Therefore municipal kindergartens could open at the beginning of May, depending on the city districts’ decision. …

Markets back at Zelný trh

From 20 April 2020 farmers can return to the Zelný trh – Vegetable Market. This applies only to farmers who can offer seedlings now. The counters will be placed in approx. 5-meter distance and there will be hand sanitizers available at each of them.…

Czech POINT returns to standard working hours

The Czech POINT office at Malinovského nám. 3 has returned to its standard working hours and is open daily again. Working hours in the Authorities and institutions section. …

Driving licences and vehicle register agenda available upon electronic order only

Since Wednesday 8 April 2020 the driving licences and vehicle registration agenda has been available only upon prior electronic order. You can make your reservation here (system in Czech only). If possible, postpone your matters to later time and avoid visiting the municipality and contact with other people. …

Municipality collects sleeping bags, pads or tents for homeless people

Have you got spare sleeping bags, sleeping pads or tents? Help the municipality to equip contact centres for homeless people. You can bring them to the Social Welfare Department at Koliště 19 anytime (non-stop reception). The collected equipment will be used in a temporary centre by Anthropos. The City plans to open other centres at Vlhká street and in the former Židenice barracks. Contact centres will prevent the coronavirus epidemic to spread among the homeless community. …

Tenants of municipal spaces can pay for rent later

The Municipality has postponed the due dates for payments of rent for commercial premises for the period from the announcement of the state of emergency till 30 June 2020. This concerns only commercial premises administered by Brno City Municipality (not by the city district offices). If you need more information, contact Property Management Department.…

Brnoers collecting money to fight COVID-19

The City of Brno has launched a public charitable collection to migitate the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic. Individuals as well as companies may donate any amount. Collected funds will be used to solve problems and damages caused by the coronavirus. In the first instance, they will be used in the area of social care. More information here. …

Do not burn dry plants

Please postpone burning of dry plant materials in your gardens to later time. Possible worsening of air quality (which is largely caused by burning plants in particular) does not allow for home airing and may cause breathing problems to sensitive people or people with chronic diseases of respiratory system. We ask all citizens for their thoughtfulness. …

No use for textile waste now

With regard to the coronavirus outbreak, the SAKO company stopped sorting used textile. If possible, please keep your sorted textile waste at home and put it in the collection containers when this measure is over. Thank you for your understanding. …

Municipality adjusts office hours

Office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 and 11:00. The filing office at Malinovského nám. 3 will be open only on these days and hours. In other days citizens will be allowed to enter municipality buildings only upon previous agreement. More information in the Authorities and institutions section. We appeal to citizens to visit authorities only when necessary. Please first contact the authority by phone to find out whether it is possible to postpone or resolve your request electronically. Thank you for your understanding. …

Kindergartens closed

Kindergartens and children groups (both public and private) have been closed since 17 March 2020. The Waldorfská ZŠ a MŠ at Plovdivská 8 and MŠ Vedlejší 10 have been operated for children of Integrated Rescue System staff, health professionals and Metropolitan Police. The Education, Youth and Sports Department provides for babysitting for children of the above mentioned and of the Public Transport Company or social services staff. More information …

Blue parking zones are free of charge

Citizens are advised to use individual transport preferably in order to eliminate contact with other people in public transport. That is why the Government cancelled the validity of so-called blue parking zones in towns for a temporary period. That means that since 16 March 2020 it has not been necessary to have a parking permit in the blue zones (residential parking), parking is not regulated. Parking is free at (otherwise paid) municipal parking places (boom bars are open). It is still necessary to pay in parking houses run by Brno Communications or private companies. !!! This measure does not affect the historical centre entry system. …

Catholic Church cancels services

Since 12 March 2020 until further notice, all services and other gatherings in churches have been cancelled. More at www.biskupstvi.cz (in Czech only).…