Proposal to tighten measures from Friday

The Ministry of Health might propose tightening the anti-COVID measures from December 25 - the government will discuss this on Wednesday.

If the cabinet approves the change, the Czech Republic will return to the fifth (and strictest) level of the anti-epidemic PES system. That would mean a curfew from 9 p.m., closed non-essential shops, or a ban on socializing in more than two people. Here is a complete list of measures.

According to the Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for ANO), the period between Christmas and New Year is ideal for this type of restrictions as schools are closed anyway and people spend less time at work and more at home.

However, to keep many of the anti-coronavirus measures in place, the government needs to extend the state of emergency, which now lasts only until December 23. The Chamber of Deputies will vote on this on Tuesday, December 22.