News from Brno

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). …