Supermarkets with a capacity larger than 200 square meters could open to
the public during the Easter period, the spokesman of the Czech Trade
Inspection Authority Jiří Frölich told news site Lidovky.cz on Friday.
The loosening of the statewide quarantine measures would only be allowed for supermarkets selling foodstuffs.
As of Thursday, shops with household goods, which offer protective
equipment, can open again in the Czech Republic. The exception was approved
by the government on Wednesday evening. It is another exemption from the
closure of all shops in the country, which is to remain in effect until
The exeption includes grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores and petrol stations. Other shops exempted from the closure include consumer electronics, florists, newspapers, magazines and tobacco products, and also pet shops and glasses shops. Banks and post offices are also untouched by the ban.
Prague City Council is set to debate measures on Tuesday to help small
businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These include proposals to
forgive rent in city-owned properties and financial support of up to CZK
Last week Prague councilors decided not to charge tenants interest fees on late payments for the duration of emergency measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. Those include closing restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, and the restriction of movement.
On Monday, the Czech government decided to extend these measures until at least April 1 and unanimously approved suspending electronic sales records (EET) until three months after the emergency ends. This means taxpayers will not have to record sales.
The government’s recent measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have impacted around 20 percent of businesses in the country, a lightning survey conducted by the Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR) has found. Most expect sales revenues to drop by 40 to 60 percent. Those hardest hit are the self-employed and small businesses.
As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in Europe, the Czech government is increasing precautions. At a press briefing on Thursday Health Minister Adam Vojtěch stressed that as of yet there are no confirmed cases of the virus in the Czech Republic and urged citizens not to give way to panic.
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