Current governmental regulations
UPDATED: 1 March 2021, 9:30
The Czech Republic is under a state of emergency till 28 March (text of regulation in Czech).
- People cannot leave their district* (“okres”; in the case of Brno; Brno-City districts corresponds with the borders of the city of Brno). Exceptions apply to:
- travelling to work,
- care for a close one or animals,
- travelling to health care or social welfare establishments (incl. accompaniment of a close one),
- travelling to public authorities,
- attending a funeral (up to 15 people); this exception does not apply to weddings and they can be attended only within the district borders; visit to a cemetery (except for a funeral itself) is not a reason for leaving your district either;
- travelling for education.
*Please note there is a difference between “district” (“okres”) and “city district” (or “municipal ward” – “městská část”). “District” is an area defined by a large city by itself, or by several towns or smaller communities (see information on Wikipedia). “City district” or “municipal ward” is a part of a city (see Brno city districts).
- For the purpose of this crisis measure, the Brno-City and Brno-Outskirts districts have been united in one. If you travel from Brno to the Brno-Outskirts district (and vice versa) for the above mentioned purposes, you do not need any confirmation (more details below).
- A complete list of exceptions is mentioned in the crisis measure (in Czech).
- When moving outside your district (i.e. outside Brno-City and Brno-Outskirts districts in the case of Brno citizens), it is necessary to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Interior. If you work in a district other than your residence, you need a confirmation from your employer (a template can be found on the Ministry of Interior’s page, but you can use a different one, too), an employee’s pass, etc. For other purposes (travelling to doctor, public authority, family), you need to have a declaration on word of honour which mentions the place, time and reason of your trip(the template on the Ministry of Interior’s page is not binding, you can use a hand-written declaration, too). Such a declaration needs to be filled in before the trip.
- Sports and recreational activities can be performed only on the territory of a municipality (i.e. in the whole of Brno, not a single city district only). An exception from wearing a face mask applies to sporting people, see point 3x) of the regulation (in Czech).
- A curfew applies between 21:00 and 4:59. Exceptions from the curfew include e.g. travelling to work or back home, walking a dog is possible only within a radius of 500 metres from home. Text of the regulation can be found here (in English).
- The consumption of alcohol in public spaces is banned.
- People are advised to mostly stay in the place of their residence and limit their contacts with people other than members of their household to minimum.
- People can gather in maximum of 2 people in public spaces (unless they are members of the same household or co-workers conducting their business).
- Presence at weddings or registered partnership ceremonies or at funerals cannot exceed 15 people.
- Religious services can be attended by a number of people corresponding to max. 10% capacity of seats.
- Starting on January 30, only cableways and ski tows that are used by rescuers, for supply or operation of critical infrastructure can be operated. Please check ahead if a specific cableway/ ski tow is operated.
- Bars and restaurants (except for take-away windows), zoological gardens, museums or other indoor sports facilities, swimming pools or wellness centres remain closed.
- Restrictions on retail trade and services have been stricter, too, only selected shops may remain open (e.g. grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, florist’s, housewares, gardening supplies; see text of the regulation – in Czech). Some shops that were open so far, such as stationer’s or children’s clothes and shoes, have been closed again.
- The Sunday ban of sale does not apply, however, shops have to close on public holidays.
- 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) and built-up areas (villages, towns). As of 1 March, the rule allowing for not wearing a face mask if a two-metre distance is kept between people who are not members of the same household does not apply anymore. In other words, when you are in the street, it is always necessary to wear a face mask. 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). Outside built-up areas, it is enough to wear it only if the distance between people (who are not members of the same household) is less than 2 metres.
- According to the Ministry of Health’s regulation (in Czech), an exception applies e.g. to children up to 2 years of age, children and teachers in kindergartens, hosts, reporters, athletes and exercising people, etc.
- As of 1 March, kindergartens are closed and pupils of the 1st and 2nd grades of primary schools switch to distance education. Only schools by health care establishments remain open.
- Selected schools are ready to provide essential care for children of parents in crucial professions from 4 January. In Brno specifically, these are ZŠ a MŠ Merhautova 37 and ZŠ Svážná 9.
- There are again exceptions for practical education, exams or individual consultations.
- Kindergartens are operated as usual.
- The working duty for students has been cancelled since 16 December.
- Dormitories can be used by students who reside outside the Czech Republic or whose personal attendance of education is allowed according to the governmental regulation.
In line with the governmental resolution, the Brno City Municipality adjusts its office hours ss of 16 February. The office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 and 17:00. Please, make a prior reservation for an appointment at the Administrative Activities Department (ID cards, passports) or the Transport Administrative Activities Department (driving licences, vehicle register); appointments without a prior reservation are possible only on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 and 13:00. More in the Authorities and institutions section.
Please use written or telephone contact.
- Since January 30, the blanket ban of visits in healthcare facilities in acute care wards has ben renewed. Exceptions apply to the 3rd person at birth, visits to minor patients or patients in terminal stage of an incurable disease. More information can be found here (in Czech).
- To visit a long-term in-patient care facility or a social care facility, the visitor needs to undergo at least an antigen test (or needs to prove that he/she experienced COVID-19 in past 90 days) and needs to wear a respirator (the text of the regulation in Czech can be found here).
- Since 22 December, social facilities‘ clients have been able to come out of the facility. After his/her return, the client will be placed in separated spaces and will pass the first antigen POC test within 72 hours from the return which will be repeated in another 3 or 4 days; placement in separated spaces will end when both tests are negative. More information (in Czech) can be found here.
- Only selected types of shops and services may remain open – apart from grocery stores, drugstores or pharmacies they include e.g. car repair shops, IT servicing, florist’s, taxi service, funeral services, gardening supplies, houseware and ironmongery (but not shops selling furniture, carpets or other floor coverings), shops selling pet food, opticians or newsagents. All exceptions are listed in the governmental measure (in Czech). Assortment of goods not listed in these exceptions cannot be sold in supermarkets either.
- As of 15 February, libraries can operate take-away windows.
- Only shops and services complying with the governmental regulation on retail trade and services (text in Czech) can be open.
- Catering facilities may be operated only for delivery services to pick up.
- Shopping centres must not provide public wi-fi connection.
- The operator has to prevent gatherings of people, especially in relax zones etc.
- Leisure time activities can be performed only on the territory of one’s municipality. In the case of Brno, this concerns the whole city (not a single city district).
- According to point 3x) of the Ministry of Health’s regulation (text in Czech), an exception applies to sporting people when exercising/training and they do not need to wear a face mask.
- Cultural events (concerts and other music, theatre, film or other artistic performances, including circuses and variety shows) are allowed, but without the presence of public. In practice, this means that artists can record or stream their performances.
- As of 15 February, libraries can operate take-away windows.
- Sports grounds, swimming pools, museums or galleries have been closed.
- Operation of ski tows and public cable cars is banned.
- The interpretative statements on measures in the area of sports can be found at the website of the National Sports Agency (in Czech only).
- Collective singing of more than 10 people in indoor spaces, except for home, is banned – this applies also to conducting of work or business. An exception applies to kindergartens and secondary or university studies where singing is the core part of the subject (text of the regulation in Czech), choir singing at religious gatherings (with the choir separated from other participants; text of the regulation in Czech), and to cultural productions (complying with given measures, see I/3a/ii of the regulation – in Czech).
Please check the Ministry of Health’s 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.
If the duty to notify of your arrival in the Czech Republic applies to you, please fill in the Public Health Passenger Locator Form at www.prijezdovyformular.cz and send the results of your test to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Czech Government has banned foreigners from travelling to the Czech Republic for tourism. They can arrive only for purposes mentioned in point II of this regulation (text in Czech; e.g. for business or to care for a close one).
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.