Changes in measures

In addition to shops, many services will also be allowed to open on May 10 - travel and face mask rules are changing too.



Travel


Starting May 4, people who have been fully vaccinated and got the second dose at least 14 days prior will be able to return to Czechia from so-called red and orange countries without any restriction. So far, this has only been possible for travellers from green countries - among those are Vatican, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand.


When returning from red and orange countries, unvaccinated people will still have to undergo a test in five days after arrival - PCR or PCR/antigen, respectively - and self-isolate until they receive their result. Those using public transport also have to get tested before returning to the Czech Republic.


Services


The government decided to open several services from May 10 - in addition to the previously announced relaxing of measures concerning shops. Next week, shoe repair shops, car bazaars and showrooms, photographic services, cable cars, shooting ranges, solariums, tattoo parlors, watchmakers, goldsmithing, carpentry, travel agencies or day care services for children under the age of three will be allowed to open. It will also be possible to organize trade fairs and sales exhibitions - with a limit of one visitor per 15 square metres of indoor area - but not in the South Bohemian, Zlín and Vysočina regions.


Face masks


From Monday, May 10, people will only have to wear face masks outside only when two or more people get closer than two metres apart, unless they are members of the same household. This change was announced by the Minister of Health Petr Arenberger (for ANO) but the government will have to confirm it on Thursday according to the epidemic situation.


Hotels & spas


According to the Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for ANO), the capacity at which accommodation services will be allowed to start operating has not yet been decided. Right now, they can only accommodate people travelling for work related reasons or doctor appointments. Havlíček assumes that the government might open these services for other clients at the turn of May and June.


In the previously unveiled table of six packages concerning the relaxation of measures in the Czech Republic, it says that at first, hotels and other such services will be only allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Havlíček wants to move this limit to 50% with the goal of opening them fully for the summer holidays. Testing will still be necessary.


In addition to self-paying customers 90 days after a coronavirus infection, fully vaccinated people will now be allowed to book spa stays, starting May 3. The spas are still banned from accepting foreign clients, who usually account for about 44% of all customers.


Schools


Kindergartens and secondary schools will open in more regions, starting May 10 - specifically in the Ústí nad Labem, Olomouc, South Moravia and Moravia-Silesia regions. Practical teaching and internships for university students will also resume. Due to the worse epidemic situation, the government will consider the next steps in the Zlín, South Bohemian and Vysočina regions on Thursday.