The government will ask the Czech lower house to extend the state of
emergency in the country until May 25, Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček
told journalists on Friday.
He said the move had received unanimous approval from cabinet ministers. The Health Ministry will present the Chamber of Deputies with a document justifying the move on Friday, Mr. Hamáček said.
The opposition has criticized plans for an extension and ANO, the leading party in the ruling coalition, was originally also against the idea.
The government initially imposed a 30-day state of emergency on March 13 in view of the coronavirus situation. MPs later voted to extend it to the end of April.
The Czech government has announced that they will be speeding up the
five-step plan to re-open shops and restaurants. According to the revised
plan, many venues will be able to open from Monday, April 27, two weeks
earlier than previously announced.
In the original plan, only shops under 200 square meters were to reopen from April 27. The new timeline allows even larger shops of up to 2,500 square meters to open as soon as Monday, provided they have their own entrance.
Fitness centres and outdoor areas of zoos will also be allowed to open on Monday, April 27.
The number of people with confirmed coronavirus infections reached 7,188 on
Friday morning, according to data released by the Czech Ministry of Health.
The number of people who have registered positive for Covid-19 rose by 55 on Thursday, the smallest daily increase since March 14, when 48 new cases were registered. Some 213 deaths have been reported thus far.
Meanwhile, 2,152 people have recovered from Covid-19. Czech labs have tested over 203,000 people to date.
The Czech government has lifted the ban on the free movement of people as
of Friday, April 24, and decided that people can move outside in groups of
up to ten, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced at a press conference on
Thursday evening. Mr. Vojtěch said that the latest favourable developments
related to the Covid-19 situation had enabled the cabinet to lift the
restrictions. The lifting of the ban also means that people can travel
Upon returning to the Czech Republic, they will have to produce a negative test for coronavirus or go into a two-week quarantine. This measure only applies to Czech citizens and residents.
The State Security Council has severely limited free movement in the Czech Republic since March 16 with several exemptions including going to work, necessary visits of family, purchases of food and vital supplies, and going to the doctor.
The Prague Municipal Court on Thursday cancelled four anti-coronavirus
measures issued by the Ministry of Health, restricting the free movement of
people as well as retail sales and services in the country.
The court’s decision will come into effect on April 27. Prague’s Municipal Court met a legal complaint filed by healthcare law expert Ondrej Dostál, who criticized the ministry’s measures as “arbitrary, chaotic and incomprehensible.”
The judge found the restrictions of the ministry illegal because they were not implemented under the Crisis Act. Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said the government will try to comply with the ruling while maintaining restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Filmmakers Marián Polák and Jan Hošek have started shooting a
feature-length documentary capturing nature in Prague.
The documentary, entitled Planet Prague, will reveal the ecosystem of the Czech capital and the different ways in which animals and plants adapt to the urban environment.
The film is being shot in well-known locations, which under normal circumstances would be overcrowded with tourists, such as Petřín hill, the Baroque Wallenstein gardens, the Olšany cemetery and Prague Zoo.
The shooting will last until the end of next year and the film is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2022. A similar film entitled Planet Czechia, capturing the fascinating world of Czech nature, was produced in 2018.
Czech biathlete Veronika Vítková has announced the end of her career. The
31-year-old Olympic medallist is expecting her first child with her coach
Vítková claimed a silver medal in mixed relay at the Olympic Games in Sochi and a bronze medal in the sprint competition at the Pyongyang Olympics in 2018. She also won the gold medal in the mixed relay at the World Championships in Kontiolahti in 2015.
A new, 24-news station called CNN Prima News will begin broadcasting in the Czech Republic on May 3, it was announced on Thursday. The platform was established by the Czech commercial TV channel Prima in conjunction with CNN International Commercial, an arm of the U.S. cable news giant. CNN Prima News should combine international news coverage by the CNN, dubbed or subtitled, with national reporting covered by Prima. Prima TV was established in 1993 and is currently the third most-watched TV station in the country.
The past winter season was the worst in the past six years, the Czech
Mountain Resorts Association said on Thursday. Czech ski resorts were
affected by poor snow conditions and the season had to be ended prematurely
due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the association’s head, Libor Knot, Czech mountain resorts are now getting ready for the summer season. He also said the past few summers saw an increase in visitor numbers in the country’s mountain resorts by around five percent.