News from Brno

News from Brno

Tenants of City-owned non-residental premises can apply for rent waiver until the mid of August

Not only enterpreneurs, who meet condition of the government’s relief programme ”Covid – Nájemné“ [“COVID – Rent”], but also other entities can apply for rent waiver of non-residential premises. This applies to City-owned premises (not entrusted to city districts) or its subsidiary companies. Procedure of the whole process has been already approved by Brno City Councillors. Applications will be accepted by 14 August. Full instructions including the relevant form can be found here (in Czech only).…

Call for hoteliers: Apply for privileged BRNOPAS

The City of Brno and TIC have prepared a call for hotels and other collective accommodation facilities in the framework of tourism support. 7,000 privileged 3-day BRNOPAS cards will be distributed among involved entities (for a price of CZK 100, while regular price is CZK 490). More information (in Czech language only) can be found here.…

ID cards expired during state of emergency are invalid; driving licences validity prolonged

Documents that expired during the state of emergency could be used as valid ones then. While this measure ended together with the state of emergency in case of ID cards, there is an EU regulation for driving licences which automatically extends their validity with seven months. It is necessary to apply for a new ID card which expired during the state of emergency as soon as possible. The reservation system for the Administrative Activities Department can be found here (page in Czech language only). You will be treated without a reservation as well – then you need to count with a possible waiting time. The situation is different with traffic-related documents. The EU regulations says that validity of periodic trainings, professional competence certificates or driving licences which expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 automatically extends for a period of seven months from the date of their original expiry date. The whole text of the Regulation can be found here. …

Waste fee: cash payment possible from 15 June

The cash office at Šumavská street where people use to pay for the waste collection fee will open on 15 June. Only one cash desk is going to be open so that the recommended two-metre distance between people can be kept. However, we still recommend to pay cashlessly – via bank transfer, Brno iD municipal services e-shop or postal order. More at www.brno.cz/odpady.…

Applying for an ID card or driving licence with a prior order preferably

It is better to have a prior electronic order for a specific time to visit the Administrative Activities Department (ID cards, travel passports) and Transport Administrative Activities Department (driving licences, vehicle register). Without this prior electronic order citizens will be treated as well, but possible waiting time needs to be counted with. Prior arrangement of appointments is needed also at the Trade Licensing Office and we recommend it at all other departments, too. More information in the Authorities and Institutions section.…

Brno hospitals still forbidden to visitors, except for Vojenská nemocnice

The governmental ban of visits to hospitals and nursing homes was lifted on 25 May. However, with regard to strict hygienic conditions most Brno hospitals still do not allow for visits. The only exception is the Vojenská nemocnice. We recommend to check for current situation at individual institutions’ websites.…

Most municipal kindergartens to open on 18 or 25 May

Over 130 kindergartens run by the City of Brno and its city districts can reopen after the state of emergency ends. The specific date was chosen by the kindergarten’s management upon an agreement with the founder. Most of them will open on 18 or 25 May. A complete list of kindergartens with their reopening date can be found here.…

Cash payment for waste fee possible from July

Cash offices at Šumavská street used for cash payments for the waste collection fee will be closed till the end of June. This year citizens can postpone their payments till the end of summer holidays. But it is also possible to pay in a cashless manner several ways – via bank transfer, Brno iD e-shop or with a postal order. More at www.brno.cz/odpady. …

Further municipality’s departments reopen, office hours extend

The busiest departments – Administrative Activities Dept. (ID cards, passports) and Transport Administrative Activities Dept. (driving licences, register of vehicles) – will complement their office days. Apart from standard Monday – Wednesday – Friday, also Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:00 – 12:00) will be open to public. Until 30 June it is still necessary to arrange for an appointment electronically in advance – this applies also to appointments at the Trade Licence Dept. The electronic reservation system can be found here (in Czech language only). The researchers‘ room at the Brno City Archive has reopened, too. Up-to-date information can be found at archiv.brno.cz (in Czech language only). More information at the Authorities and institutions section. …

Municipal kindergarten can reopen after 17 May

Together with the end of the state of emergency also the measure closing kindergartens in Brno will expire. The concrete date of their reopening – which may happen on 18 May at the earliest – will result from an agreement between the kindergarten’s management and founder (usually city district). Brno councillors approved and sent to both these parties a list of recommendations, explaining conditions for the renewal of kindergartens’ operation. A press release including the mentioned list can be found here (in Czech language only). …

Parking at blue zones to be paid for again

Since Tuesday 28 April 2020 the zones for paid parking in Brno have been operated as usual again. The situation that was in place from mid-March when parking at blue zones was free of charge upon a governmental regulation, is thus over. Payment for parking can be made via parking meters or with a mobile phone.…

Zoo reopened

The outdoor expositions of Zoo Brno have been reopened. The ZOO is open daily from 9:00 till 18:00, tickets need to be bought online in advance (system in Czech only; the cash desk is closed). Pavilions, inner expositions (such as the Goat Yard in Children’s Zoo) and the U Tygra restaurant remain closed. Commentated feeding is not held. More information at the Zoo’s Facebook (in Czech only).…

CZK 25 million allocated to mitigate the pandemic impact

Support for the foodie scene or cultural businesses, remission of rent or extending the purpose for already granted municipal subsidies – Assembly members have adopted a package of economic measures to mitigate the impacts of restrictions kept to prevent the coronavirus spread. More information in an article by Brno Daily.…

Pay for waste online - deadline postponed till August

Members of the City Assembly have postponed the deadline for the waste fee payment to 31 August (instead of usual 31 May). With regard to the coronavirus outbreak all cash offices to pay for the municipal solid waste fee have been closed. Citizens can use other forms of payment – bank transfer, Brno iD web or postal order. All information can be found here. …

Parking permits prolonged

The validity of long-term parking permits will be prolonged to all owners for the period the parking is free of charge (currently from 16 March to 30 April, i.e. 6 weeks). This will happen automatically by 26 April 2020 and the change will be visible at the personal user account. This measure applies to residents, visitors and subscribers for the B parking zone.…

Municipality restores office hours

Starting on Monday 20 April 2020 the Municipality gets back to standard office hours, i.e. Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00 – 17:00 and Fridays 8:00 – 12:00. It is necessary to arrange for a personal appointment in advance: a) by an electronic order – to Administrative Activities Department (ID cards, travel passports, population register; Husova 5; order here), Transport Administrative Activities Department (driving licences, vehicle register; Kounicova 67; order here) and to Trade Licensing Office (Malinovského nám. 3; order here). If you made your reservation before 16 March 2020, please make it again, all the reservations were cancelled as of that day. Please note that the order systems are in Czech language only. TIP: According to the Ministry of Interior’s opinion, citizens do not have to renew their identity cards or driving licences if these expire during the state of emergency. b) by e-mail or phone – to all other departments. More information at the Authorities and institutions section.…

Private kindergartens may open on 20 April, municipal in May

Private kindergartens and children groups can open again starting on 20 April 2020, depending on their founder’s decision. Municipal kindergartens need to wait for a methodology which should be issued by the Ministry of Education by the end of April. The methodology will summarize necessary hygienic measures to adopt and keep so that the risk of coronavirus spreading is minimized. Therefore municipal kindergartens could open at the beginning of May, depending on the city districts’ decision. …

Markets back at Zelný trh

From 20 April 2020 farmers can return to the Zelný trh – Vegetable Market. This applies only to farmers who can offer seedlings now. The counters will be placed in approx. 5-meter distance and there will be hand sanitizers available at each of them.…

Czech POINT returns to standard working hours

The Czech POINT office at Malinovského nám. 3 has returned to its standard working hours and is open daily again. Working hours in the Authorities and institutions section. …

Driving licences and vehicle register agenda available upon electronic order only

Since Wednesday 8 April 2020 the driving licences and vehicle registration agenda has been available only upon prior electronic order. You can make your reservation here (system in Czech only). If possible, postpone your matters to later time and avoid visiting the municipality and contact with other people. …

Municipality collects sleeping bags, pads or tents for homeless people

Have you got spare sleeping bags, sleeping pads or tents? Help the municipality to equip contact centres for homeless people. You can bring them to the Social Welfare Department at Koliště 19 anytime (non-stop reception). The collected equipment will be used in a temporary centre by Anthropos. The City plans to open other centres at Vlhká street and in the former Židenice barracks. Contact centres will prevent the coronavirus epidemic to spread among the homeless community. …

Tenants of municipal spaces can pay for rent later

The Municipality has postponed the due dates for payments of rent for commercial premises for the period from the announcement of the state of emergency till 30 June 2020. This concerns only commercial premises administered by Brno City Municipality (not by the city district offices). If you need more information, contact Property Management Department.…

Brnoers collecting money to fight COVID-19

The City of Brno has launched a public charitable collection to migitate the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic. Individuals as well as companies may donate any amount. Collected funds will be used to solve problems and damages caused by the coronavirus. In the first instance, they will be used in the area of social care. More information here. …

Do not burn dry plants

Please postpone burning of dry plant materials in your gardens to later time. Possible worsening of air quality (which is largely caused by burning plants in particular) does not allow for home airing and may cause breathing problems to sensitive people or people with chronic diseases of respiratory system. We ask all citizens for their thoughtfulness. …

No use for textile waste now

With regard to the coronavirus outbreak, the SAKO company stopped sorting used textile. If possible, please keep your sorted textile waste at home and put it in the collection containers when this measure is over. Thank you for your understanding. …

Municipality adjusts office hours

Office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 and 11:00. The filing office at Malinovského nám. 3 will be open only on these days and hours. In other days citizens will be allowed to enter municipality buildings only upon previous agreement. More information in the Authorities and institutions section. We appeal to citizens to visit authorities only when necessary. Please first contact the authority by phone to find out whether it is possible to postpone or resolve your request electronically. Thank you for your understanding. …

Kindergartens closed

Kindergartens and children groups (both public and private) have been closed since 17 March 2020. The Waldorfská ZŠ a MŠ at Plovdivská 8 and MŠ Vedlejší 10 have been operated for children of Integrated Rescue System staff, health professionals and Metropolitan Police. The Education, Youth and Sports Department provides for babysitting for children of the above mentioned and of the Public Transport Company or social services staff. More information …

Blue parking zones are free of charge

Citizens are advised to use individual transport preferably in order to eliminate contact with other people in public transport. That is why the Government cancelled the validity of so-called blue parking zones in towns for a temporary period. That means that since 16 March 2020 it has not been necessary to have a parking permit in the blue zones (residential parking), parking is not regulated. Parking is free at (otherwise paid) municipal parking places (boom bars are open). It is still necessary to pay in parking houses run by Brno Communications or private companies. !!! This measure does not affect the historical centre entry system. …

Catholic Church cancels services

Since 12 March 2020 until further notice, all services and other gatherings in churches have been cancelled. More at www.biskupstvi.cz (in Czech only).…