Hotels and accommodation facilities report a steep drop in profit in the
first quarter as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of guests in Czech hotels, boarding houses and camps reached 3.1 million in the first quarter, largely thanks to visitors who arrived in the first two months of the year, before the coronavirus restrictions closed accommodation facilities.
This represents a 22.2 percent drop compared to the same period last year. The number of overnight stays decreased by 16.7 percent year on year to 8.9 million.
The number of German visitors dropped by 17.4 percent as compared to the same period last year, the number of Polish tourists was down by 15 percent, the number of Italians visiting dropped by 40 percent and the number of Chinese and South Korean visitors was down by a half.
According to epidemiologists the biggest danger for a possible setback
currently lies in the reopening of shopping malls, due to the large amount
of people who pass through them daily and the air-conditioning system, and
The government has given operators the green light to renew international rail, road and water transport as of Monday, May 11 and Prague’s main international airport is also renewing some air links.
Czech citizens may now travel abroad for “substantiated reasons“ such as work, to visit relatives or for medical care.
People travelling abroad will have to produce a negative COVID 19 test upon their return or undergo a two week quarantine.
Twenty-eight new coronavirus cases were registered in the country on
Sunday, bringing the overall number of confirmed cases to 8,123, according
to Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of newly registered cases per day has remained under 100 for ten days now.
280 people have died, 4,474 have recovered from the disease. 239 people are currently hospitalized with COVID 19, 40 of them are in serious condition.
The government will consider downgrading the regulation on compulsory face
masks in public to a mere recommendation, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told
Prima Television on Sunday. Face masks would remain obligatory in closed
public spaces with a high risk of transmission such as public transport.
The debate on when Czechs will be able to stop wearing face masks has gained intensity with the warmer weather.
According to health ministry officials the plans were to lift this restriction in mid-June, but experts have increasingly criticized the order for people to wear masks outdoors.
The prime minister also said the government was not planning to ask the lower house to extend the state of emergency beyond May 17.
The ruling ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babišs would currently win
general elections, with 34 percent of the vote, followed by the centre
right Pirate Party with 16 percent and the Civic Democrats with 11.5
percent of the vote.
Five other parties would cross the 5 percent threshold needed to get seats in the lower house; the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party would get 7 percent, TOP 09 would get 6.5 percent, and the Social Democrats, a junior party in the ruling coalition, the Communist Party and the Party of Mayors and Independents would each get 5.5 percent of the vote.
Meteorologists have issued a wind warning for parts of the Czech Republic
on Monday afternoon when they predict strong winds and a twenty-degree drop
The warning, which does not include Prague and the western parts of the country, says there is danger of damage to forests, roofs and gardens.
People have been warned to expect possible power fallouts and complications in transport. Higher altitudes may see up to 10 centimetres of snow.
Several hundred parents have signed a petition for lessons to take place
out in the open whenever possible when schools reopen on May 25th.
Schools have been closed since mid-March and it will be up to parents to decide whether they will send their children to school when they reopen on May 25.
School attendance is not compulsory for the rest of the school year and only some classes will reopen with a maximum of 15 students in the classroom. Ninth graders who face school leaving exams are returning to school on Monday.
The mayor of Sokolov in western Bohemia, Renata Olulehlova, has said she
regrets removing the American flag from a WWII monument and final resting
place of Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation effort during a
commemorative ceremony marking the end of the war.
The mayor, who faced a barrage of criticism from locals and politicians, told Novinky.cz she regretted the decision which had been spurred by the fact that only the remains of Soviet soldiers were buried on the spot. No offense was intended, she said.
Outraged citizens pointed out that it was the US army which had liberated Sokolov and given the Soviet soldiers there a decent burial.
Eighteen new coronavirus cases were registered in the country on Saturday,
bringing the overall number of confirmed cases to 8,095, according to Czech
Health Ministry statistics.
The number of newly registered cases per day has remained under 100 for nine days now. 276 people have died, 4,447 have recovered from the disease. 258 people are currently hospitalized with COVID 19, 46 of them are in serious condition.