According to the Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček (ČSSD), if the coronavirus epidemic develops favorably, shops, services, and restaurant gardens may be allowed to reopen at the end of April.
“The exact schedule should be provided by the Ministry of Health. I reckon that at the end of April, provided everything goes well, services, shops restaurant terraces could start to open. A number of activities will gradually start to be allowed. But that is my private estimate,” said Hamáček.
“Masks and respirators will probably stay with us for a long time. Mandatory respirators have been one of the major factors contributing to the recent decline in COVID-19 cases, as the protection of the wearer is significantly higher,” he added.
Among the restrictions that became effective on March 1, people have been banned from traveling to other counties unless they go to work or have to take care of relatives.
In the Czech Republic, a hard lockdown has been in place since the beginning of March. So far, the government has announced the partial opening of schools and kindergartens, as well as the end of restrictions on movement.
The government will meet in the afternoon to decide on plans to re-open schools for some students, easing some lockdown measures.
“The primary school pupils from the first five grades are to return to regular instruction at schools in Czechia on April 12, along with pre-school children, but maybe not in all districts”, said Education Minister Robert Plaga.
The primary school lower graders are to rotate between regular and distance instruction, while higher graders, from the sixth to ninth classes, will keep learning remotely.
The health ministry recorded 1,405 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, the lowest daily tally since December 6. In total, 1,553,820 infections have been recorded since March 2020.
The official death toll has reached 27,169, rising by 112 on the day, which also includes revisions to previous days, according to ministry data.