Current governmental regulations

UPDATED: 10 May 2021, 00:50

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 10 May:
  • Pupils of the second stage of primary schools in the whole country return to schools with weekly shifting of in-person education and home schooling. More under the Schools and Education tab.
  • The list of exceptions for retail trade does not apply anomore, i.e. all shops can open.
  • Galleries, museum, castles, chateaux, and similar objects can open, provided there are no group tours and the operator does not allow for presence of more visitors than 1 person per 15 m2 of the inner area accessible to public. Fair trades can be held under the same conditions.
  • It is no more necessary to wear a face mask in the built-up areas (villages, towns) if a person is more than 2 metres away from other people (who are not members of his/her household).
  • Attendance at weddings/registered partnership ceremonies and funerals is limited to 30 people.
What still applies:
  • People can move freely. The ban of crossing district borders and the curfew are lifted.
  • Still, only 2 persons can gather.
  • Religious services are no more restricted as for capacity of seats and the ban of collective singing is lifted, too. The number of participants will be restricted only by the need to keep a two-metre distance (except for members of the same household).
  • Shops have to close by 22:00. 
  • 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). Newly 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).
  • Also pupils and students at schools need to wear a surgical face mask, except for educational activities that, by definition, do not allow for it (physical education, playing wind instruments, singing, etc.).
  • 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, etc.
  • As of 10 May, pupils of the second stage of primary schools, lower stage of six- and eight-year grammar schools, and pupils of the first years of eight-year conservatory educational programme return to schools, shifting in-person education and home schooling on a weekly basis. Clinical and practical teaching of all years of universities will be restored, too. 
  • Children’s attendance of in-person education is subject to undergoing a non-invasive antigen test for Covid-19 once a week (pupils of the second stage twice a week), with the first test taking place on the first day of attendance. Also employees of the educational facilities need to undergo a test. The obligation to undergo a test does not apply to those who experienced Covid-19 in past 90 days, who can prove a valid test from an official testing centre or those who have undergone complete vaccination.
  • The second condition for in-person school attendance is the absence of Covid-19 symptoms.
  • With the partial renewal of education, the schools determined for children of workers in crucial professions no longer have to operate. The care for these children will be taken by their usual schools and kindergartens. Therefore, they will attend their schools (on a daily basis, without shifting) and will be provided necessary care (e.g. a possibility to stay in a school club and undergo their distance education there).
  • Pupils and students at schools need to wear at least a surgical face mask, except for educational activities that, by definition, do not allow for it (physical education, playing wind instruments, singing, etc.).
  • Dormitories can be used by students who reside outside the Czech Republic or whose personal attendance of education is allowed according to current governmental regulation.
+ amendment (in Czech)
Testing at universities‘ admission exams is treated by an amendment to the extraordinary measure.
  • 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 or was vaccinated completely 14 or more days ago) 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. An exception from the quarantine applies to clients who were vaccinated completely more than 14 days before leaving and do not show Covid-19 symptoms. More information (in Czech) can be found here.
  • As of 10 May, the current system of exceptions allowing for the most important sector of retail trade expires. All retail shops can open, restrictions for goods to be sold in markets have been lifted, too.
  • Restaurants still cannot allow customers in, the same applies – with exceptions – to hotels and other accommodation facilities, congresses, casinos, indoor sport grounds with exceptions for organized sports, indoor swimming pools and wellness centres, and other facilities of a high epidemic risk.
  • Restaurants, cafés etc. can still operate take-away windows only.
  • Most shops and services need to be closed between 22:00 and 5:59, an exception applies e.g. to gas stations or pharmacies.
  • As of 3 May, certain services may open (body care services: hairdresser’s, manicure, pedicure, massages, beauty parlours; animal care), while meeting the following conditions:
    1. the service is provided in one worker – one client regime,
    2. the client has a negative coronavirus test (test from a certified sampling place; certificate from employer or school of passing a test with a negative result; a rapid test made directly in the workshop under the staff’s supervision).Further conditions are stipulated by the Ministry of Health’s measure.
  • As of 10 May, galleries, museum, castles, chateaux, and similar objects can open, provided there are no group tours and the operator does not allow for presence of more visitors than 1 person per 15 m2 of the inner area accessible to public. Fair trades can be held under the same conditions.
  • Libraries have been opened since 12 April.
  • Only shops and services complying with the governmental regulation on retail trade and services 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.
  • Markets can be held without any restrictions as for sold goods.
  • As of 10 May, galleries, museum, castles, chateaux, and similar objects can open, provided there are no group tours and the operator does not allow for presence of more visitors than 1 person per 15 m2 of the inner area accessible to public. Fair trades can be held under the same conditions.
  • As of 12 April, zoological and botanic gardens open. The number of people corresponding to max. 20% capacity can be present at a time and they are not allowed in inner pavilions.
  • Libraries can open, too.
  • Outdoor sport grounds can be used by groups of 2 people, there can be max. 6 such groups provided they keep distance of at least 10 metres between each other. Amateur athletes up to 18 years of age who are organized in sport associations can exercise sports collectively in groups of up to 30 people in outdoor spaces. The interpretative statements on measures in the area of sports can be found at the website of the National Sports Agency (in Czech only).
  • 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.
  • Community events, dancing events, traditional and similar events and other gatherings, festivities, funfairs, shows, celebrations, and other public or private events are banned if there is an accumulation of more than 2 persons in one place and one time. There is an exception for weddings, registered partnership ceremonies, and funerals where there can be up to 30 people.
  • 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.
  • Swimming pools, wellness centres, museums, galleries, chateaux remain closed. Accommodation services for recreation purposes are banned.

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).