On Tuesday evening, the Minister of Health Roman Prymula (ANO) revealed further details about the planned restrictive measures aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus.
According to Czech news server iDNES.cz, from Monday, October 5 the attendance limit for events will be reduced to 10 people at indoor venues and 20 people at outdoor venues.
The measures will mainly affect culture and sports events.
From next week, high schools in regions with a higher risk of infection are also likely to close for 14 days.
“The reason we are considering a state of emergency is an “unexpected epidemiological situation”. Without the necessary measures, the capacity of hospitals could be jeopardized at the end of October. Almost 1,700 paramedics are currently infected, (400 doctors and 700 nurses, ed.), said Prymula.
All professional sporting events will take place behind closed doors. In amateur sports, there can be a maximum of 10 players in each team.
Prymula stressed that large music concerts will be canceled. “On the other hand, ordinary theater performances, plays, and ballet can take place regularly,” said the minister.
Visitors to theatres and cinemas do not have to keep their distance, however, breaks for refreshments will be forbidden.
The state of emergency is declared under Constitutional Act No. 110/1998 Coll., on the Security of the Czech Republic.
The duration of the state of emergency shall not exceed 30 days. It may be extended only with the prior consent of the Chamber of Deputies.
During the state of emergency, certain rights and freedoms may be limited for the necessary time and to a necessary extend.