Current governmental regulations

UPDATED: 8 June 2021, 11:10

All measures currently in force can be found on the governmental Covid Portal.  

The Government has introduced “packages for return to normal life” (scheme in Czech). More information can be found here.

Current relaxation of measures may be different in individual regions. The below mentioned information applies to the South Moravian Region.

What is new as of 8 June:

  • The measure on wearing face masks has been relaxed. They are not necessary for children at schools when seated at their desks (but they are necessary in spaces such as corridors), participants in examinations if the required distance is kept between the examiner and examinee, and for employees at their workplaces if they are there with their colleagues only.
  • The conditions for proving one’s noninfectiousness have been unified: when entering any place, people can prove it by:
    1. a PCR test (not older than 7 days) or antigen test from a public sampling centre (not older than 72 hours);
    2. a confirmation from the employer or from school of taking a test there;
    3. taking a self-test on the spot;
    4. a document of undergoing the disease in the last 180 days;
    5. a certificate of vaccination (22 days from the application of the 1st dose of a two-dose vaccine or 14 days from the application of the 1st dose of a one-dose vaccine).
  • The caps for organizing cultural and sport events have been increased. Half of seats can be occupied, with maximum of 1000 people indoors or 2000 people outdoors. In case of large premises, the participation in outdoor events may be higher, but not exceeding 25% of the capacity.

What still applies:

  • As of 1 June, there is be a change in payments for COVID-19 tests by health insurance companies. In June, they will pay for antigen tests once in seven days and for PCR tests twice a month.
  • In-person education is allowed for students of secondary schools and universities, and shifting of in-person education and home schooling at lower stages ends. Testing of pupils will be done once a week only, in case of PCR tests once in two weeks only.
  • The blanket ban of visits to hospitals has been lifted, please follow the conditions of a specific facility that you plan to visit.
  • The conditions for proving one’s noninfectiousness have been unified: when entering any place, people can prove it by:
    1. a PCR test (not older than 7 days) or antigen test from a public sampling centre (not older than 72 hours);
    2. a confirmation from the employer or from school of taking a test there;
    3. taking a self-test on the spot;
    4. a document of undergoing the disease in the last 180 days;
    5. a certificate of vaccination (22 days from the application of the 1st dose of a two-dose vaccine or 14 days from the application of the 1st dose of a one-dose vaccine).
  • When entering places listed in the measure (accommodation services, fitness centres, galleries, cultural and sport events), the organizer/operator is obliged to check meeting these conditions and the participants are obliged to prove it.
  • In June, health insurance companies will pay for antigen tests once in 7 days and for PCR tests twice a month.
  • A list of sampling centres can be found here.
  • As of 1 March, an FFP2 or KN95 respirator without exhalation valves is obligatory in shops, services, public transport (and stops, platforms or stations), in a car unless the crew are members of the same household, and in health and social facilities (hospitals, elderly homes). This obligation does not apply to children between 2 and 15 years of age who can use a surgical mask.
  • The obligation to wear a surgical face mask or a respirator applies to all other indoor areas (except for home or a hotel room). As of 10 May, wearing a face mask is not obligatory outside if it is possible to keep a 2-metre distance from other people who are not members of the same household. People are obliged to wear a surgical face mask (complying with the Czech norm ČSN EN 14683+AC; a textile face mask is no longer sufficient).
  • According to the Ministry of Health’s regulation, an exception applies e.g. to children up to 2 years of age, children in kindergartens, hosts, reporters, athletes and exercising people, people in swimming pools, wellness centres and saunas, etc. An exception applies also to customers being provided care in the area of neck and head should the protection equipment obstruct the provision of the service. Newly as of 8 June, a face mask needs not be worn by pupils at school when seated at their desks (but it is still obligatory in areas such as corridors), participants in examinations (if the required distance is kept) and employees at their workplace if they are there with their colleagues only.
  • In-person education is allowed for all stages of education.
  • Children’s attendance of in-person education is subject to taking a non-invasive antigen test for COVID-19 once a week (in case of PCR test once in two weeks). Also employees of the educational facilities need to take a test. The noninfectiousness can be proven also by ways mentioned in the Testing section.
  • The second condition for in-person school attendance is the absence of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Newly as of 8 June, pupils do not have to wear face masks at school when seated at their desks (they still need to wear it e.g. in corridors), or participants in examinations (provided that a required distance is kept).
  • To visit a hospital, long-term in-patient care facility or a social care facility, the visitor needs to prove his/her noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • As of 31 May, the opening hours of shops and services will not be restricted.
  • All retail shops can be open, restrictions for goods to be sold in markets have been lifted, too.
  • When entering catering facilities (incl. their outdoor premises), people need to be able to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • Body care services: hairdresser’s, manicure, pedicure, massages, beauty parlours; or tattoo parlours can be operated while meeting the following conditions:
    • The service is provided in one worker per one client regime.
    • The client proves his/her noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
    • As for provision of care in the area of neck and head, the client does not have to wear a protection of his/her nose and mouth should the protection equipment obstruct the provision of the service (e.g. cosmetic treatment or beard trimming).
    • Further conditions are stipulated by the Ministry of Health’s measure.
  • Markets can be held without any restrictions as for sold goods.
  • As of 31 May, swimming pools and wellness centres and saunas open (up to 50% capacity). Visitors need to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab) and do not have to wear face masks in these areas.
  • Indoor sport grounds are open, participants of group lectures should keep required distance. All visitors to indoor sport grounds need to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • According to point 3w) of the Ministry of Health’s regulation, an exception applies to sporting people when exercising/training and they do not need to wear a face mask.
  • The interpretative statements on measures in the area of sports can be found at the website of the National Sports Agency (in Czech only).
  • Accommodation services for recreation may be provided. Guests need to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • Cultural or sport events can be held using max. half of the seat capacity, the maximum number of participants is 1000 indoors and 2000 outdoors (including performers and organizers). In case of large premises, the participation in outdoor events may be higher, but not exceeding 25% of the capacity. Visitors need to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • Further mass events (community, dancing, traditional and similar events and other gatherings, festivities, funfairs, shows, celebrations, tastings, and other public or private events) are allowed for up to 500 participants outdoors or 200 participants indoors. If there are more than 10 people, they need to be able to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab) and need to wear a respirator for the whole time. This condition does not apply to weddings or registered partnership ceremonies or funerals provided that less then 30 people are present, to rehearsals of choirs up to 30 people, and to some other events mentioned under the point I/13 of the regulation.
  • In galleries, museum, castles, chateaux, and similar objects, observatories, zoological and botanical gardens and arboreta, group tours can be held (max. number of people in a group is 30). While a test is not needed for individual visitors, group visitors (if there are more than 10 people) need to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • Music, dance and other social clubs and discotheques or casinos can be open. However, dance and live music are not allowed. Visitors need to prove their noninfectiousness (see the Testing tab).
  • Libraries are open, too.

See the For travellers page. 

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).