Which Shops Are Allowed to Remain Open Under Level 5?

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As of today, 27 December, the Czech Republic moves into the 5th level of the PES anti-epidemic system. The government has therefore approved the corresponding more stringent measures, to apply until 10 January 2021.

As a result, the night curfew, which will now start at 9 pm, has been extended again. All shops and services, including dispensing windows, will have to close at this time, and the government has again placed significant restrictions on them; once more, only defined basic types of retail goods and services will be allowed.

Religious services will be allowed for up to 10% of seat capacity. Ski lifts will close.

However, the government made several exceptions for services deemed to be essential:

Shops selling:

  • Food shops, including supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Drugstores (selling hygiene products and cosmetics)
  • Shops selling electrical household appliances
  • Petrol stations (and other fuels)
  • Pharmacies and shops selling glasses and contact lenses
  • Pet shops and stores selling animal supplies
  • Newsagents and tobacco shops
  • Flower shops
  • Household items (except furniture, carpets and other floor coverings);
  • Goods for gardening
  • Tickets for public transport.


It is forbidden to work for enterprises in the service sector (hairdressing salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, etc.). However, the list of services available includes:

  • Car services and car washes
  • Laundries and dry cleaners
  • Grooming salons
  • Collection points (ex. zasílkovna and others)
  • Service centers for the repair of computer, mobile phone, electronics, and household appliances
  • Real estate agencies offices
  • Accounting and tax consultants offices
  • Locksmiths

The full text of the judgment in Czech is available here.

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