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In the year 2000, my partners and I launched the PETERKA & PARTNERS law firm in Prague, Czech Republic. Over time we developed an ambitious idea - to create an integrated regional law firm, which at first seemed almost impossible. However, after years of dedication and hard work, we became a strong alternative to the global giants and local law firms active in the CEE region through their networks or best friends.

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Coronavirus second wave - restrictions

Some of the most important new Covid-related measures in force in December 2020 

New measures valid from 27 December 2020 in red

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PLACE FROM 5 OCTOBER UNTIL 22 JANUARY (SO FAR)

You can find some more information in our leaflet regarding the new Czech anti-pandemic system (PES in Czech)


Retail sales and provision of services in establishments

  • prohibited from 27 December
  • there are exceptions to the prohibition related, for example, to the sale of food, fuel, hygienic goods, cosmetics and other drugstore goods, pharmacies, dispensing and sale of medical devices, household goods and ironmongeries (hardware stores), and others; for such establishments, their operators must prevent the presence of more customers than 1 customer per 15 m2 of the sales area (see the section "Entrance to stores" below)
  • possibility of selling from an issuing counter if the order is ensured via an e-shop or similar means
  • retail stores must be closed all day on national holidays and also on other holidays, and on other days between 9 p.m. and 4:59 a.m., with the exception of activities other than trades according to the Trade Licensing Act and petrol stations, pharmacies, shops in places of increased concentration of passengers (airports, etc.), shop in medical facilities and some catering service establishments


Restaurants, bistros, catering  facilities

  • totally closed from 18 December until 22 January (with an exception for establishments that do not serve the public (e.g., staff catering), and establishments in accommodation establishments, provided that they provide catering only the accommodated persons; also, school meals)
  • the possibility of selling food from an issuing counter is maintained, between 5 a.m. and 8:59 p.m.


Closure of markets

  • sales in markets and market halls prohibited from 27 December until 22 January
  • exceptions for the sale of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, milk and milk products, meat, eggs, bakery and confectionery products, honey and honey products
  • on an area of 15m2 at a market, only a maximum of 1 person is allowed at one time; no consumption is allowed on the spot and spacing between stalls must be of at least 4 metres

Schools

  • universities and secondary schools are closed and have switched over to remote schooling (there are several exceptions: for universities, for example, participation in clinical and practical teaching and practice, study programmes of general medicine or dentistry, pedagogical practical teaching and practice, etc.; for secondary schools, for example, exceptions for practical teaching and practical training, consultations, etc.) 
  • primary schools are closed, with some exceptions, such as for the 1st and 2nd years, primary school pupils if they are enrolled in a class together with the 1st and 2nd years, children in the preparatory stage at special primary schools, etc.
  • kindergartens remain in operation
  • employees taking care, on 21 or 22 December, of (a) children up to 10 years of age, and/or (b) children (up to 26 years of age)  dependent on the care of another person (from grade I.), are entitled for crisis care leave compensation amounting to 70% of daily reduced salary
  • there is an obligation to provide school facilities that will provide the necessary care for children aged from 3 to 10 whose legal representatives are employees of security forces, municipal police, health care providers, public health authorities, social workers, etc.


Restrictions on movement

  • restrictions on movement from 22 October
  • there are several exceptions, for example, getting to work, necessary trips to one's family, provision on basic needs, etc.


Restrictions on movement at night

  • curfew from 22 December between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • there are exceptions for getting to work, the exercise of professions, the performance of activities to ensure safety, health, public transport, services for the population, including supply and distribution services, etc.; urgent travel and the walking of dogs within 500 metres from one's place of residence

Restrictions on assembly

  • from 27 December, obligation to stay in publicly accessible places in a maximum of two persons, with some exceptions (e.g., household members, employees performing work for the same employer, etc.)
  • the meeting can only take place outside the interior of buildings and may be attended by a maximum of 100 participants, namely in groups of up to 20 participants and while maintaining spacing between groups of participants of at least 2 metres


Face masks indoors, in public transport and at stops/stations

  • the obligation to wear face masks at publicly-accessible outdoor areas where two people can meet at a distance of less than two metres
  • face masks are also obligatory in all interiors of buildings, including, e.g., all stores (with the exception of one's place of residence or place of accommodation), in public transport and taxis, at public transport stops 
  • at the workplace, face masks or similar facial coverage are obligatory, except for people at the same workplace observing a distance of more than 2 metres


Remote work

  • from 3 December, remote work is recommended where possible


Restrictions on shopping centres with a a sales area exceeding 5,000 
m2

  • wireless Internet access will not be provided to the public
  • instructions for compliance with the relevant measures and a distance of 2 metres, information boards
  • the operator shall provide at least 1 person to supervise compliance with the rules and measures related to the coronavirus and to make customers and other persons comply with them
  • prevention from crowding, especially in all places where this can be expected
  • food courts must sell from an issuing counter only or as take away, children's corners closed
  • only stores that are exempted from the operating ban (i.e., grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, etc.) will be open in shopping centres


Entrance to stores

  • for those establishments allowed to be open, the operator must prevent the presence of more customers than 1 customer per 15 m2 of the operating area
  • spacing between customers must be at least 2 metres (with an exception for customers from the same household)
  • organizational and systemic measures
  • queue management inside and outside the store 
  • disinfectants must be placed on frequently touched objects (especially handles, handrails, shopping carts)


Culture, sport

  • from 12 October a ban on concerts and other musical, theatre, film and other artistic performances with the presence of spectators
  • from 18 December:
    • music, dance, games and other social clubs and discos are closed to the public
    • prohibition of operation and use of sports grounds in indoor areas and of indoor areas of outdoor sports grounds, gyms, fitness centres, etc.


Offices, public administration

  • restriction of personal contact between civil servants, employees and other officials and users of the public administration system
  • limiting the office hours of the institutions to two days a week to five hours on a given day. 



The document reflects the status as of January 7, 2021.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you updated. This document is for informational purposes only and may not be considered a legal opinion or advice on how to proceed in a particular case.

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