The latest measures in response to the epidemical situation in the Czech Republic will come into effect on Friday 18 December.
Restaurants, hotels, and gyms will close, but shops, services, and ski resorts can remain open. A curfew will apply between 11 pm and 5 am, and a maximum of six people can gather in a group.
As a result of the crisis measures issued by the government, it is not possible to travel to the Czech Republic for the purpose of tourism or visiting friends. The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced it on its official website.
Special exceptions apply in case of traveling for the purposes of work, getting treatment, or carrying out business activities.
Hotels are limited to business travelers, foreigners stranded in the country by restrictions on travel, and employees required for essential services as defined by the emergency law.
The ban on tourists is valid until the state of emergency is lifted. At the moment it expires on December 23, however, most likely, the government will extend it for other 30 days. MPs look set to debate the matter on Tuesday, December 22.
The Czech Republic’s total death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 10,000, the Health Ministry reported on Thursday.
The Czech Republic reported 8,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as infections continue to rise. In total, 602,4040 cases have been detected since the pandemic started. There are 69,719 active cases currently.
Christmas Mass allowed
The Czech Government has allowed midnight mass on Christmas Day, but churches can only be partially filled.
The Cabinet will also allow shops to remain open on Christmas Eve morning. However, the government won’t lift the current 11 pm curfew for New Year’s Eve.
Churches must limit capacity to a fifth of normal size.