Shops, restaurants and services to open

This morning, the government agreed to loosen some anti-coronavirus measures according to the current PES score - starting December 3.

The score of the anti-epidemic PES system remained at 57 points out of a hundred for the seventh day in a row, suggesting the country could switch from level four to milder three. However, there has been some doubt in the recent days, due to worse numbers in several regions.

As a compromise, the government decided not to make the switch from Monday, but to delay it until Thursday. This also gives time to the businesses to prepare for the opening.

All stores and shopping centres will be allowed to open - but a limit of one customer per 15 square metres will still be in place. In the malls, dining areas will be able to serve people only through take-out windows. A ban of Sunday sales will be lifted.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will also be able to reopen on Thursday, but they will only serve customers between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. All guests will have to be seated with a maximum of four people at one table. The businesses will only be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

Also starting December 3, all services will resume - e.g. hairdressers. The staff will have to wear a mask or a respirator but not a face shield. A limit of 15 square metres per one customer also applies.

The overnight curfew will no longer be in place, and people will be allowed to meet in groups of ten indoors and fifty outdoors. Museums, castles or monuments will be able to open with limited capacity - while theatres and cinemas will still remain closed to spectators. Schools will start operating according to level three of the PES scale from December 7 at the earliest. You can find the whole PES table (in English) here.

According to the Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for ANO), it is unlikely that the Czech Republic will reach a lower than third level of the PES scale by the end of the year.