Currently valid governmental regulations
UPDATED: 23 September 2020, 17:19
- Since 10 September wearing face masks has been obligatory in all indoor areas (except home or hotel rooms).
Since Friday 18 September the obligation to wear face masks has expanded to all spaces of schools. This obligation applies to second stage of elementary schools, secondary schools and universities and colleges. An exception applies to the first stage of elementary schools and to educational activities whose character does not allow for wearing face masks, e.g. physical education, singing or playing wind instruments.
The Ministry of Health’s measure contains a number of exceptions – e.g. children up to 2 years of age, children and teachers in kindergartens, artists when performing, presenters, editors, etc. Press release with all exceptions (in English) can be found here.
According to the Hygiene Authority’s regulation, covering of nose and mouth has been obligatory also at outdoor events and gatherings of more than 100 people since 23 September.
- From the midnight of 23/24 September a ban on the presence of public in catering facilities between 22:00 and 6:00 will become effective – i.e. bars, restaurants etc. have to close their premises at 22:00. Exceptions apply e.g. to fast-food take-away windows. More information can be found here (in English).
- As for number of participants at events, apart from distinguishing between indoor and outdoor events, they are differentiated also by “standing room” and “seating places”. A cap of 10 people applies to indoor standing events and 50 to outdoor ones. There is an exception for meetings of constitutional authorities, courts, exhibitions, fairs or trade fairs. Events and gatherings for more participants can be held only if each of the participants has his/her own designated seat where he/she stays most of the time (and keeps 2-metre distance from others when leaving such a seat). A cap of 500 people applies to indoor seating events and 1000 to outdoor ones; if participants are divided into sectors, the cap is 1000 for indoor events and 2000 people for outdoor ones. These numbers do not include people involved in the event’s organization, provided they are divided from other attendees. More information can be found here (in English).
At least 2-metre distance has to be kept between performers (actors, singers, athletes, lecturers) and spectators, otherwise an impenetrable barrier to prevent the spread of droplets must be installed (e.g. glass, plexiglass etc.). A 2-metre distance must be kept also between people in neighbouring sectors.
- Please check the Ministry of Health website to learn whether you need to undergo a quarantine or have a negative COVID-19 test when travelling from abroad – the information is updated on a weekly basis. Please check also the conditions for entering the destination country at the relevant country’s embassy.
- Since 26 May the time dedicated to senior citizens for their shopping in large shops has not apply.
Recommendations for citizens
Avoid unnecessary contacts with other people.
- Keep safe distance of at least two metres in a group of people (e.g. in a queue).
- Follow hygiene rules properly, especially hygiene of your hands. Wash your hands for 30 seconds at least and use disinfectants.
- Use disinfectant wipes also for your personal items (e.g. mobile phones) regularly.
- When sneezing or coughing, use ideally disposable tissues and cover your mouth with your arm/sleeve, not hand! (the droplets may spread further).
- Follow the Ministry of Health’s website and relevant media.