As restaurants and pubs prepare to reopen their doors for outside seating next week, the government has mandated that WiFi and music not be provided to guests.
Minister of Trade and Industry Karel Havlíček announced on CNN Prima News that restaurants and pubs will not be allowed to offer WiFi or music to their guests so that people do not gather publically for long periods of time.
“Music and basically wifi are forbidden in the gardens because it is not the goal for young people, in particular, to meet, have a beer and sit there for four hours,” Havlíček said.
Restaurant gardens and patios are scheduled to reopen on May 17 with the condition that guests show proof of vaccination, negative PCR tests, or antigen test results. Government officials have not made it clear how this would work out logistically.
On Thursday, the government is set to announce specific instructions for how businesses are meant to handle the verification of customer’s documents. Havlíček also stated,
“In principle, the customer will have to prove himself – whether to the hygiene or to the restaurant operator – either by vaccination, a test or by having Covid.”
In order to make the handling of customers easier for the pub and restaurant employees, Havliček says there are mobile phone applications in production that will be available within the month.
“These days, we will be running applications based on vaccinations, confirmation of testing, or confirmation that I have undergone covid. They will be downloadable in the coming days, “the minister announced.
These applications would be similar to the “vaccine passport” being implemented in different countries in an attempt to revive international travel and tourism.
Last month, France became the first EU member state to test their digital coronavirus travel certificate. The TousAntiCovid app was downloaded by over 15 million users last month and is helping French health officials with contact tracing.
According to Minister Havlíček, by June, these verification apps will also be linked to the wider-used European “digital green certificates” which would facilitate international travel across EU member nations.
“It’s on a similar principle, but it’s basically a universal document that will apply everywhere. However, every country will be able to use it for various other purposes,” Havlíček told CNN Prima NEWS.
Prague City Council and the Institute of Planning and Development has announced plans to transform parts of Revoluční Street into a pedestrian-friendly promenade.
The proposal aims to create more space for pedestrians by widening the streets, adding trees, benches, drinking fountains, and bicycle racks.
The road surface will be paved over and driving speeds will be reduced to 30 k/h on the street.
Now, 15,000 cars will pass through the street daily. The street is some 295 meters long.
The modifications were intended to make Revolučni, Národní, and Na Příkopě streets known as the Hradební korza or “castle promenade” look and feel more like the original Old Town Prague.
In an interview with zdopravy.cz, Deputy Mayor of Transport Adam Scheinherr discussed his vision for the future promenade.
“We want to turn Revoluční Street into a promenade with wide sidewalks, quality surfaces, benches, and better accessible public transport. As it should be in the center of the modern metropolis,”
To accommodate public transport, wider islands will be implemented to the new tram stop closer to the Vltava river.
The proposal for the promenade began in 2018 when Aoc architects in partnership with the Institute for Planning and Development conducted a study on the best use of the space.
Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváče says pedestrians are poised to benefit the most from the upcoming modifications.
“The conceptual study aims to elevate Revolutionary Avenue to a full-fledged city boulevard, which is especially pleasant for pedestrians.”
Neither IPR nor the Deputy Mayor have announced when the project will break ground and renovations begin.
Revoluční dates to the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, it was described as a muddy gutter filled with rubbish. It has been called Revoluční since 1918, referring to Czechoslovak independence. Previous names include Náplavní, Trubní and Rourová in the 18th century and Eliščina in the 19th century.
As countries begin to open up their borders, vacation plans are already underway for many. Those looking to travel abroad for the summer holiday must refer to the new travel rules from the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
The guidelines for traveling abroad have officially been valid starting April 26.
Prospective travelers planning their summer trips are encouraged to refer to the website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There you can find everything you would need to know regarding entering other countries and what is required upon entry.
It is important to keep in mind that each country has their own requirements for entry and these requirements can change from day to day as conditions are constantly changing.
Some countries will only require travelers to show negative covid tests and other destinations will require a quarantine upon entry.
Countries like Croatia and Greece are already anticipating a successful tourism season this summer and merely require a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination, or antigen confirmation for those crossing their borders.
Those returning to the Czech Republic will be required to take a PCR test as soon as they arrive.
Travelers returning from designated low-risk countries will not have any restrictions once returned. Those coming from medium-risk or higher-risk countries must fill out an arrival form and take either an antigen test within 24 hours or a PCR test within 72 hours of their return.
Travelers are once again encouraged to refer to the Foreign Affairs website to see where their destination ranks in terms of risk level and plan accordingly.
As expected, respirators will also be required onboard throughout the duration of all flights.
The long-awaited “vaccine passports” from the European Union still have yet to be introduced to the general public but those who have been vaccinated should have received a written confirmation after completing their second shot.
In March, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton explained how the vaccine passports would work for travelers.
“It has a QR code with your condition. It will show if you are immune if you have antibodies,” “You’ll also be able to do that once you’ve got the vaccine.”
As the Czech Republic carries on with vaccination efforts, we can expect to see restrictions begin to loosen throughout the course of the summer tourist season.
Some exceptions will be made regarding the new travel rules. These exemptions can be found at the Ministry of Health website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also lists contact information for those with specific questions left unanswered by their website.
The Prague City Council has approved a proposal outlining the renovation and modernizing of the Smichov railway station and its immediate surrounding area.
The plan was presented two years ago and has finally been given the green light to be put into action. The initial plan was to build in stages but the city has decided to complete the remodel all at once.
Conceptual designs for the proposal have been released and the renovations would radically change the outdated, neglected, and crime-ridden state of the current train station.
“The Smíchov terminal will be the first truly modern railway station in Prague. This is a unique project of a traffic hub, which we only know from abroad so far,” said Adam Scheinherr, Deputy Mayor of Prague in an interview with Czech Crunch.
The new terminal would make travel more efficient as it would reduce transfers for passengers and connect railways, metro, trams, and buses as well as a park-and-ride car park with a thousand-vehicle capacity.
The proposal states that long-distance and suburban buses will have their own designated area directly above the platform whereas city buses would park in a different, centrally located de-boarding area.
The terminal and boarding platforms would be completely covered with lightweight steel roofing and a pedestrian footbridge over the railway tracks will also be constructed to connect Smichov station to Na Knížecí Street and metro access.
“In the past, different types of stations were built in different places, buses in one place, trains in another. Conversely Smíchov passengers will be able one to use long-distance, regional and local trains and buses, metro, and trams, and had parked the car on a large P + R parking lot,” said Scheinherr.
Ecological considerations are also included in the proposal as the project includes the planting of trees alongside the terminal. Solar panels will be a major installation and the parking garage will feature electric vehicle-only spaces as well as charging stations.
The design team is headed up by architectural firm A69 in partnership with companies like Metroprojekt, Sudop EU and Sudop Prague.
The modernizing endeavor is expected to be completed in 2026.
Czech Television journalist Nora Fridrichová has launched a charitable initiative called Šatník (The Wardrobe).
The project began in early March and has already received massive interest from the public. Šatník will accept donations of clothing, shoes toiletries, toys, appliances, and sports equipment to be given to single-parent families in need.
Donations are not limited to those living in Prague. Now that the restrictions on movement between zones has been lifted, those living in surrounding regions can come to collect donations after registering and being approved.
Šatník is currently headquartered in Prague at the Kasarna Karlín, a former a military outpost more recently used to house cultural events.
A spokesperson stated, “We can’t show or play theater in our hall right now – but we have a great replacement!
Fridrichková is known to be a longtime advocate for single people and has even inspired a similar initiative in Pilsen called Girls for Girls which also offers a wardrobe of donations for single-parent families.
“We got the idea to set it up at about the same time as, for example, in Prague, the presenter of the Czech Television program 168 Hours, Nora Fridrichová. And when we published information that we were preparing it, a similar group of women from Planá contacted us, who want to help in their surroundings. It is amazing to see a wave of solidarity rising from below in these difficult times,” said founder Marketá Čekanová.
Fridrichková’s organization is also working to provide children with laptops and electronics for distanced learning as well as partnering with food delivery services to donate to single people.
Single-parent families wishing to receive donations must first register with Šatník by contacting [email protected]
Donations will be accepted on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm at the Karlin Barracks and which can be found at Prvního pluku 20/2, Prague 8 and can be reached by calling 735 642 792.
Ahoj rodičové, v sobotu má náš Šatník mimořádně zavřeno (filmaři v areálu), takže místo ní mimořádně otevíráme ve středu a ve čtvrtek, vždy 15-18.
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— Nora Fridrichova (@NoraFridrichova) April 19, 2021