News from Brno

Municipality returns to standard office hours

As of Monday 13 September, office hours of the Brno City Municipality return to their standard setting as before the COVID-related restrictions. The update concerns Municipality’s office hours. Office days will newly include Fridays from 8:00 to 12:00, besides Mondays and Wednesdays. At the Administrative Activities Department and the Transport Administrative Activities Department, the office hours remain the same. But it is again possible to arrange for a new ID or driving licence without prior electronic reservation. Those with the electronic reservation will be treated preferentially. It is still necessary to use protective equipment according to current epidemic measures in Municipality buildings. Office hours from 13 September 2021 Office hours of the Brno City Municipality Monday: 8:00 – 17:00Wednesday: 8:00 – 17:00Friday: 8:00 – 12:00 Office hours of the Administrative Activities Department and the Transport Administrative Activities Department Monday: 8:00 – 17:00Tuesday: 8:00 – 12:00Wednesday: 8:00 – 17:00Thursday: 8:00 – 12:00Friday: 8:00 – 12:00 Complete office hours of all Municipality departments can be found on www.brno.cz/kontakty (in Czech only). …

The vaccination centre at the fairgrounds has moved to Bohunice hospital

After nine months, the first large-scale vaccination centre in the Czech Republic ended its operation at the exhibition centre. During this time, 400,000 vaccination doses were administered there. FN Brno – the University Hospital – will continue administering vaccines, in a smaller capacity, directly in its Bohunice premises. The role of the exhibition centre in the Covid-19 pandemic is over for the moment being. As of 31 August, both the Podané ruce sampling centre and FN Brno vaccination centre closed up. Initially, the G2 Hall was ready to serve as a field hospital which was not needed in the end, and that was why it transformed into the vaccination centre. 400,000 doses have been administered and over a thousand volunteers have taken part. “It was not always easy, plenty of complications ensued, and the more I appreciate the capabilities and willingness of the staff able to tackle all obstacles, overcome psychic pressure, keep the centre going, flexibly react to required changes, and vaccinate hundreds of thousands of those interested in it. I would like to thank sincerely and heartily to all individuals and their teams without whom it would be impossible to launch and run the vaccination centre smoothly,” said Ondřej Ludka, FN Brno’s Deputy Director for health care.  Of course, there will still be a chance to get the vaccine in Brno. A list of all vaccination centres can be found here; sampling centres are here (both lists are in Czech only).…

What will the beginning of the school year be like? With tests and without face masks

From 25 August, the Brno City Municipality coordinated the delivery of antigen tests to Brno schools – primary, secondary and conservatories. The tests were delivered by municipality employees with help of voluntary firemen. The first round of testing of pupils will start on 1 September. The firemen brought the boxes with antigen tests from the state reserves to their regional headquarters at the beginning of this week and on Wednesday, 25 August, municipal drivers and voluntary firemen delivered the 164 thousand kits directly to 119 schools. Within the South Moravian Region, a total of 454 thousand tests were delivered. The 16 Brno schools that have decided for PCR tests had to provide for them themselves. The state contributes CZK 200 per piece of this type of test.  The testing of children at schools will start at the beginning of the school year. In the first round, tests are scheduled for 1, 6 and 9 September. Only first graders will have their first test on 2 September to enjoy their first school day without troubles. Further proceedings will follow the current epidemic situation with possible regular weekly testing. There is an exception from these rules for pupils, students and teachers or school employees who are fully protected by vaccination or can show their own valid test from a laboratory. People who underwent the Covid-19 disease before 180 or fewer days do not have to undergo testing either. Pupils and students who do not want to undergo testing, will be obliged to wear a respirator or other protection (FFP2/KN 95 class) or a surgical face mask for the whole time of classes. Detailed information can be found here (in Czech only).…

Without PINs and waiting for the date. Two walk-in vaccination centres opened in Brno

Janáček Theatre and Olympia Shopping Centre – this is where vaccination centres have opened with no need for prior reservation. Those interested just join a possible queue. From 21 July, the St. Anne’s University Hospital team started vaccination in OC Olympia. Those interested can choose from two vaccines: one-dose Johnson&Johnson’s or two-dose vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. Anyone over 16 years of age is eligible, and the centre is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. It is located between Tchibo and Sparkys, nearby Kika furniture. More information can be found on the St. Anne’s Hospital’s webpage (in Czech only). If you can’t come for vaccination, then the vaccination team can come to you The second walk-in vaccination centre has been launched by the Podané ruce (Helping Hands) company on Thursday, 22 July. Again, people can choose between Pfizer’s and Johnson&Johnson’s vaccines. The opening hours of the Bohéma vaccination centres are till the evening hours, including weekends, to do a favour to working people who cannot –or do not want to– take a day off. Complete information is here (in Czech only). Those who arrive at Janáček Theatre by car can use a discount on parking provided by the underground garage’s operator. “At arrival, clients will get a parking ticket which the Bohéma centre’s staff will stamp after the vaccination. The parking price is 10 CZK for the first hour, each additional hour is according to regular price list (editor’s note: i.e. 20 or 30 CZK based on part of the day),” said Kristýna Férová from Podané ruce. Immobile patients can contact who cannot come for vaccination themselves can contact the Podané ruce company, too. This organization offers mobile vaccination also to companies or municipalities. More information can be found here (in Czech only). The Podané ruce’s activities are supported by the South…

The City will relieve COVID-affected businessmen of part of their rents, applications to be submitted by end of May

This year’s May, June and July’s rent at half the price. This is how the City wants to support businessmen who have rented municipal commercial spaces and at the same time, the governmental restrictions have banned or limited their business considerably (e.g. to a take-away window only). This measure does not apply to properties administered by city districts, their leaders decide about possible compensations independently. After postponing the payable date for rents (press release in Czech) which was approved by the City councillors at the end of March, the City follows with another step to support local businessmen in reaction to announced governmental compensation programmes. For May, June and July, they can pay a half-price rent only. It is necessary to apply for this support and it will be provided to all tenants who meet the conditions – i.e. those who have rented commercial spaces from the Municipality, who have had to limit their business significantly, e.g. by operating a take-away window only, or have had to stop it completely, and who do not have any debts for the rent and associated services for the period till the end of 2020, or will pay for this debt by the end of May as the case may be. The application form (in Czech), universal for tenants from any municipal department, can be found on the city’s website. Applications are to be submitted by the end of May. …

No more simplified rules for employee or blue card holders

Together with the state of emergency, also the simplified rules for the change of placement for holders of employee or blue cards ended on 11 April. As of 12 April, the change of employer or placement has to follow the regular rules defined by the Act on Stay of Aliens: employee card holders: the notification of the change of employer of replacement must be submitted to the Ministry of Interior at least 30 days in advance; change of employer is possible 6 months after the issuing of the card at the earliest;blue card holders: the change of employer or placement during the first 2 years is possible only after prior consent by the Ministry of Interior. Detailed information can be found on the Ministry of Interior’s website: employee cards, blue cards.…

Driving Licences Division operates in full again

Last two weeks the municipality’s Driving Licences Division was closed and then operated to a limited extent. This was caused by an unfavourable pandemic situation and related quarantine measures. This situation has ceased and the division operates in full again. The agenda of the driving licences is operated as follows: Monday: 8:00 – 13:00 (without a reservation only)Monday: 13:00 – 17:00 (with an electronic reservation onlyTuesday: 8:00 – 12:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Wednesday: 8:00 – 13:00 (without a reservation only)Wednesday: 13:00 – 17:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Thursday: 8:00 – 12:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Friday: 8:00 – 12:00 (with an electronic reservation only) Available terms for electronic reservations can be found here: https://objednani.brno.cz/obj/index.php?id=2 (the system is in Czech only). If there are no terms available or they do not suit you, you can come on Monday or Wednesday morning when the division serves clients without electronic reservations. The Brno City Municipality still advises citizens to come to the municipality only if necessary. The validity of driving licences or professional competence certificates that expire(d) between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 is extended by 10 months, which applies to the whole European Union.…

Driving licences agenda to operate to a limited extent till the end of the week

The Driving Licences Division was closed for three days last week. The situation stabilizes slowly. On Wednesday 10 March, the division will open to clients without prior reservation to a limited extent – from 8:00 to 13:00. Half of the counters will be opened, therefore the waiting time may be longer. The afternoon (13:00 – 17:00) is reserved for those with an electronic reservation only. On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 March, the period between 8:00 and 12:00 is reserved for those with an electronic reservation only. As for the next week starting on 15 March, both clients with and without a reservation will be served as follows: Monday: 8:00 – 13:00 (without a reservation only)Monday: 13:00 – 17:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Tuesday: 8:00 – 12:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Wednesday: 8:00 – 13:00 (without a reservation only)Wednesday: 13:00 – 17:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Thursday: 8:00 – 12:00 (with an electronic reservation only)Friday: 8:00 – 12:00 (with an electronic reservation only) Not all counters will probably open at the beginning of the week, which may result in a longer waiting time. The Brno City Municipality advises citizens to visit the municipality only if necessary. We point out that the validity of driving licences or professional competence certificates that expire(d) between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 is extended by 10 months, which applies to the whole European Union.…

Driving Licences Division to open probably on Monday for electronic reservations. Staff tests will decide.

The Brno City Municipality makes every effort to restore the operation of the division responsible for the agenda of driving licences. The division staff will undergo Covid-19 tests on Monday morning, and the operation of the division will depend on their results. If the situation allows, the division will be open on Monday 8 March 2021 from 13:00 and 17:00 for those with electronic reservations. On Tuesday it would open for clients with prior reservations between 8:00 and 12:00. If the division does not open, these clients will be informed of the cancellation of their appointment on Monday morning. At this point, we cannot anticipate when the division will restore its operation in full. Important is that the validity of driving licences or professional competence certificates that expire(d) between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021, is extended by 10 months, which applies to the whole European Union. Citizens who want to apply for a new driving licence can do so at municipalities with extended powers in Brno surroundings, as territorial competence does not apply to this agenda. We advise citizens to visit the municipality in necessary cases only. …

Municipality’s Driving Licences Division suspends its operation from 3 to 5 March

Due to complications with staff shortage caused by the current pandemic situation, the operation of the division responsible for the driving licences agenda (applications and issuing) is suspended from Wednesday 3 March to Friday 5 March. Clients with electronic reservations for these days will be contacted and informed of the cancellation of their appointment. This restriction does not concern other divisions of the Transport Administrative Activities Department (e.g. vehicle register). The validity of driving licences or professional competence certificates that expire(d) between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021, is extended by 10 months, which applies to the whole European Union. Citizens who want to apply for a new driving licence can do so at municipalities with extended powers in Brno surroundings, as territorial competence does not apply to this agenda. We will publish up-to-date information at the end of the working week and inform you whether the Drivers Agenda Division will restore its operation from Monday 8 March. …

7 schools and leisure centres are established for crucial professions workers’ children

1 March (update: 15 March) With the new state of emergency, in-person education in primary schools was cancelled and kindergartens closed as of 1 March. The Czech Government has assigned regional governors and the Mayor of Prague to provide for care for children (aged 2 to 10 years) of workers in the integrated rescue system, critical infrastructure, security forces and other selected professions. In Brno, 7 schools and leisure time centres are established for children of workers in these professions. Schools run by the City of Brno and its city districts: Základní a mateřská škola Merhautova 37 (primary school and kindergarten). Contact details: Headmaster Jana Foltýnová, 731 610 261 or 545 211 651. Základní škola Svážná 9 (primary school). Contact details: Headmaster Petr Punčochář, 603 272 646 or 547 427 111. Základní a mateřská škola Vedlejší 10 (primary school and kindergarten). Contact details: Headmaster Jan Harmata, 547 218 198, 602 546 208. Mateřská škola Vážka (kindergarten). Contact details: Headmaster Yvona Šebestová, 606 34 66 86. E-mail questions can be sent also to msrybnicka@seznam.cz. Mateřská škola NA OSADĚ (kindergarten). Contact details: Headmaster Jana Křivánková, tel. 733 11 13 23 or e-mail info@msnaosade.cz. Facilities run by the South Moravian Region: Lipka – Brno school facility for environmental education, contributory organization. Contacts can be found on their website: https://www.lipka.cz/lipka-en Lužánky – Brno leisure time centre, contributory organization. Telephone numbers are listed here: https://www.luzanky.cz/Kontakt (in Czech) The text of the regulation can be found here (in Czech). …

Brno-City and Brno-Outskirts unite in one compound for the crisis measure

As of 1 March, strict rules for crossing borders between districts apply. People can leave their district for several purposes only, e.g. for travelling to work, a doctor or a public authority. They need to have a written confirmation or declaration on word of honour. In this case, Brno-City and Brno-Outskirts are considered a single compound, and this duty does not apply when crossing borders between these districts. More information and templates of declarations on word of honour for travelling outside these districts can be found on the page of the Ministry of Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22300633&doctype=ART Attention – leisure time activities are limited to the territory of a municipality only. Therefore, Brnoers are allowed to sport or go for a walk only within Brno (however, this concerns the whole of the city, not a single city district only).…

Immobile seniors can get vaccinated at home, two vaccination teams at the disposal

Seniors 80+ who, for their state of health, are not able to present themselves for the covid-19 vaccination at the fairgrounds can make use of the mobile vaccination team from February. Starting on 26 January, the service can be arranged at the 771 135 452 number (operated on weekdays 8–12 and 13–15). The following information will be required: name and surname, date of birth, place where the vaccination is to be made, and telephone contact. The operator will record this information and then will contact applicants with a vaccination date. Two vaccination teams comprising a physician, nurse and administrator will be provided by the Poliklinika Zahradníkova. With regard to the vaccination process (e.g. the need to wait for 30 minutes because of possible allergic reaction) and to transfers, they will vaccinate just several people a day. Therefore, this service is only for immobile people who cannot get out of their homes. Those seniors who only find it difficult to get to/from the fairgrounds can use the Seniorbus service ordering it at 731 518 348. The availability of vaccination terms is related to the number of vaccines delivered. Please note that both the telephone numbers are operated in Czech.…