In an interview for Lidove Noviny, Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said that “Czechs will be able to stop wearing face masks in June.”
“But in certain situations, wearing a face mask will continue to be recommended,” he pointed out.
“Bars and night clubs would not open before the summer, restaurants a bit sooner. I can imagine that a large part of stores and shops could regularly open within a month,” added the Minister of Health.
The criterion for the next selection will not be the type of store, but its size. Vojtěch points out that shops can be opened only under strict conditions, such as sufficient space to respect the “social distance”.
Moreover, the shuttered stores getting added to the list of those deemed essential will be required to make disinfectant and disposable gloves available at the entrance for customers and to enforce social distancing rules. The government is set to consider this week whether to reopen more stores after Easter.
From Thursday, the Czech government expanded the kinds of retail stores that are allowed to do business and now the list includes shops selling construction materials, hobby supplies and bicycles.
Outdoor facilities for individual sports are also reopening, but only to some extent — no more than two people can be in the same space and they can’t use showers or lockers.
Essential travel outside the Czech Republic will be allowed from April 14, a government press release says.
The Czech Republic has 5735 confirmed cases of COVIDー19, 123 fatalities, and 370 recovered persons. A total of 120 285 tests were performed.