Update! The Czech government has sped up the plan for re-opening, with most facilities moved up two weeks. See here for the latest information.
In six weeks time, things might begin to get back to normal in the Czech Republic. The government has just announced a five-step plan for re-opening shops, services, and restaurants throughout the country.
Most shops and services, and the outdoor garden areas of restaurants, will be able to open by May 25, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček has just announced.
The five-step plan will start on Monday, April 20, with the opening of farmers markets, tradesmen with physical shops, car shops and showrooms, and training facilities for professional athletes. Wedding celebrations with fewer than 10 people will also be allowed to take place.
From April 27, shops under 200 square meters in size will also be allowed to open, with the exception of shops located in shopping malls over 5000 square meters in size.
From May 11, shops up to 1000 square meters in size will be allowed to open, as well as driving schools.
Gyms and fitness centers will also be allowed to open from this date, but only their fitness areas – not changing rooms or shower facilities.
From May 25, outdoor areas of cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be able to open.
Services including barbershops, hairdressers, pedicure and manicure facilities, spas and massage parlors, museums, galleries and zoos (only outdoor areas) can also open from this date.
And finally, from June 8, the unlimited operation of cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be allowed. Shopping malls over 5000 square meters in size, theaters, castles, and tattoo parlors will also be able to open.
Additionally, wedding parties of unlimited size will be allowed to take place, as well as mass events for up to 50 people, from June 8.
According to Health Minister Adam Vojtěch, cinemas can also be expected to open on June 8, though they are not included in the official five-step plan. The opening date for cinemas may be pushed back based on the rate of coronavirus cases in the country.
When asked when residents could expect to not have to wear face masks outside, Vojtěch stated that these regulations will not be relaxed any time soon.
How citizens might abide by the face mask regulations while at restaurants or other areas that require the use of a nose or mouth was not discussed.
Each venue that re-opens must ensure that customers follow social distancing, sanitary, and other regulations. Further updates regarding these regulations, and how shops are to ensure them, will come as each wave is rolled out.
Dates for re-opening shops, restaurants, and services in the Czech Republic:
- Farmers markets
- Tradesmen with shops
- Car shops and showrooms
- Outdoor athletic areas for professionals, without spectators
- Weddings of up to 10 people, following hygiene rules
- Shops under 200 square meters in size, except for those in shopping centers over 5000 square meters and those specified to open at a later date
- Shops under 1000 square meters in size, except for those in shopping centers over 5000 square meters and those specified to open at a later date
- Driving schools
- Gyms and fitness centers (but not changing rooms or showers)
- Outdoor areas of restaurants, cafes, pubs, buffets, wineries and beer shops with outdoor sales and garden seating areas
- Barbershops, hairdressers, nail salons, tanning salons, cosmetic salons, massage parlors
- Museums, galleries, and art halls
- Zoos (outdoor areas only)
- All shops in shopping centers
- Shops over 1000 square meters in size outside of shopping centers
- Indoor areas of restaurants, cafes, pubs, buffets, wineries and beer shops
- Hotels and other accommodation providers (and their restaurants and cafes)
- Taxi services
- Tattoo and piercing studios
- Theaters, castles, chateaux and other cultural activities according to the current regulations
- Mass events for a specified number of people
- Cultural, business, and sports events for less than 50 people
- Weddings following specific hygienic protocol
- Indoor areas of zoos
Infographic for the official plan (in Czech) as released by the Czech government today: