Tuesday news summary

Covid-19 update

There were 8,076 new cases on Monday. From tomorrow, 21st of October, further measures will come into effect.

It will be mandatory to wear face masks in outdoor spaces where it isn't possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. Exceptions: family members, exercise.

Wearing face masks will also be mandatory in the car. Exceptions: family members and drivers who are alone in the car.

The government approved the state budget for next year

The government approved the draft state budget for next year with a deficit of 320 billion crowns, Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová (for ANO) informed about it. The proposal envisages an increase in pensions, an increase in teachers' salaries, higher spending on health or social benefits and an increase in investment.

The National Budget Council, opposition politicians and a number of economists have criticized the draft budget. The president Miloš Zeman has supported the proposal. The parliament should finally approve the state budget after the 15th of December.

Municipality offices full

Some offices are overloaded due to shortened opening hours and long queues are formed in front of them. People are encouraged to consider whether their visit is really necessary. At the same time, offices recommend online reservations, but dates are often booked for two weeks in advance. However, the ministries do not plan to temporarily recognize invalid documents, as was the case in the spring emergency.