Current governmental regulations

UPDATED: 23 November 2020, 10:52

All measures currently in force can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.  

The PES anti-epidemic system: detailed information (in English)current risk index (in Czech).

The Czech Republic is under a state of emergency till 12 December.

The Government eases some of the current regulations as of 23 November 0:01 a.m.  

The complete curfew is reduced to period between 23:00 and 4:59. There are exceptions for travelling to work, to health facilities or home. Walking a dog during this period is possible only within a radius of 500 metres from home.

During the day, the restriction of contacts with other people for the time necessary only still applies. The number of people who can gather (without being members of the same household, co-workers, etc.) increases to six.

Further, the following applies:

  • maximum of 15 people can be present at ceremonies (wedding or registered partnership ceremonies, funerals, religious services),
  • employers are recommended to use remote work if the job’s character and conditions allow employees to work from home. The final decision is up to a company management.
  • an exception from the free movement restriction applies to peaceful gatherings (summoned pursuant to the Act No. 84/1990 Coll.) attended by maximum of 100 participants. They have to be in groups of maximum 20 participants and these groups have to keep a distance of 2 meters from each other. Each participant of such an event is obliged to cover his/her nose and mouth;
  • ban of alcohol consumption in public spaces
  • From 21 October the obligation to wear a face mask extends to outdoor spaces – built-up areas (villages and towns) when it is not possible to keep the 2-metre distance from another person (who is not a member of the same household). Newly, also a car crew need to wear a face mask unless they are members of the same household.
  • The obligation to wear a face mask still applies also at public transport stops and platforms and in all indoor areas except for home or a hotel room.
  • According to the Ministry of Health’s regulation (in English), an exception applies e.g. to children up to 2 years of age, children and teachers in kindergartens, hosts, reporters, etc.
  • From 25 November the last grades of secondary and vocational schools and conservatories return to schools, students can attend also hands-on training, individual one-on-one lessons will be allowed at elementary schools of arts and language schools.
  • As for universities, hands-on, laboratory, experimental or artistic lessons for the last grades in groups of maximum 20 students and implementation of doctoral students‘ individual study plans will be allowed.
  • Primary schools are attended by first and second graders, continuous return of other grades is planned from 30 November when the whole first stage and ninth graders will return to schools. Other grades of the second stage will return on a week rotating basis.
  • The City of Brno has selected four primary schools for children of the Integrated Rescue Systems staff and other selected professions.
  • Kindergartens remain open.
  • From 23 November, administration of internationally recognized tests will be possible.
  • Dormitories can be used by students who reside outside the Czech Republic or who are on a working duty, or whose in-person education is allowed according to the governmental regulation.
The direct contact between authorities officers and citizens is limited to 5 hours in 2 days of a week. More in the Authorities and institutions section. Please use written or telephone contact.
  • Hospitals are closed to visitors, except for: second parent at a birth, visit to a minor patient or visit to a patient in the terminal stage of an incurable disease. Conditions for a visit to be allowed can be found here
  • Similarly, retirement homes are closed to visitors, too. Moreover, there is a ban for clients to walk out of the facilities, except for visits to a doctor, authority or court hearing, during the state of emergency (more information here – in Czech language only).
  • Retail shops and service providers have to close. Exceptions apply to grocery stores, drugstores, pet food shops, pharmacies, opticians, haberdasheries, car repair shops, flower shops or gardening supplies (not hobby markets). All exceptions can be found here (in English).
  • On Sundays and holidays retail shops have to close completely, other days they can be open between 5:00 and 23:00. Exceptions apply to gas stations, pharmacies, Christmas trees sale, or restaurants for delivery service.
  • There can be max. 1 customer per m2 of a shop’s sales area.
  • Wholesale shops remain open without restrictions.
  • Restaurants are closed to public, take-away windows can be open.
  • Hotels are to be closed for recreational activities, but they can be open for accommodation e.g. during business trips.
  • Spa centres can provide only care that is at least partially covered by health insurance.
  • From 22 October stores in shopping centres will be closed, except for grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies and other shops listed in the governmental regulation (in English).
  • 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.
  • From 28 October sale at markets, market halls and mobile shops is banned, as well as itinerant trade or door-step selling. Exceptions apply to shops with groceries or drugstore articles in communities where it is not possible to buy such articles elsewhere.
  • Farmers’ markets offering Czech products (see point I/7 of the regulation) can be held provided the following measures are abided:
    • there is no consumption on the spot,
    • the distance between individual stands is 4 metres at least,
    • there cannot be more than 1 person per 15 m2 of the farmers’ market place at the same time.
  • Newly, sale of Christmas trees, decorations, mistletoe, etc. is allowed.
  • From 23 November 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. 
  • Leisure time centres can be open for individual consultations or education. 
  • Indoor sports grounds (gymnasia – except for those in kindergartens and primary schools; skating rinks, courts, rings, bowling or billiard halls, training equipment, fitness centres), swimming pools and wellness centres (including saunas, solariums and salt chambers) are closed. Outdoor sports grounds may be used by the public only while meeting other measures (limited gatherings, face masks, etc.).
  • Pilgrimages, trade fairs, congresses are banned.
  • Zoological gardens, planetariums, museums, galleries, castles, chateaux and similar historic or cultural buildings, as well as music, dance and similar social clubs and discotheques, casinos and gaming clubs are closed to public.
  • Collective singing of more than 5 people in indoor spaces, except for home, is banned – this applies also to conducting of work or business. From 25 November an exception applies to studies or activities in leisure time centres where singing is the core part of the subject.

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.

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).