Tighter protection measures from November 22, 2021

19/11/2021

The Czech government in resignation discussed at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, November 18, 2021, the tightening of valid anti-epidemic measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic with regard to the extremely unfavorable epidemic situation with covid-19 cases. Stricter rules will apply from Monday, November 22, 2021.

The rules for the operation of shops and services and visits to mass events are being tightened. Wherever customers or visitors today have to prove themselves according to OTN rules, for example at a hairdresser's, in restaurants, hotels, at cultural or sports events or when visiting castles, chateaux or museums, it will no longer be possible to prove by PCR or antigen test from Monday. . Only people vaccinated or with a confirmation of the illness will be able to use the service or go to the event.

The exception will only apply to children under 12 years of age. People under the age of 18, people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, and those who are not vaccinated who do not yet have a valid certificate, including those after the first dose, will continue to be able to prove themselves with a valid PCR test. The operators or organizers will be obliged to check the fulfillment of the conditions before entering the building or before starting to provide the service.

The rules for testing clients of health insurance companies will also change. At the request of health insurance clients, antigen testing is deleted from the Regulation on the conduct of free testing of health insurance clients. Fully vaccinated will continue to be entitled to two free PCR tests, but the number of free tests for people under 18, vaccinated and those who cannot be vaccinated due to contraindications is increasing to five tests per month.

From Monday, there will also be no self-test for students who come to stay at the university dormitory. Dormitory accommodation will only be available to students who prove that they have been fully vaccinated, have contracted the disease in the last 180 days or who have been shown to have passed a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus no later than 72 hours ago, or have undergone a negative antigen test (RAT) for SARS-CoV-2 antigen with a negative result no later than 24 hours ago.

The government also discussed the possibility of introducing comprehensive testing of employees in companies and all other employers. The Minister of Health was tasked with preparing an appropriate emergency measure to introduce a mandatory test once a week for the unvaccinated.

The Ministry of the Interior will also submit a proposal to introduce a home office for state administration bodies and institutions. "We also want to ask companies to make the most of the home office and also to best cancel the various events they plan," the prime minister added.

The results of the extraordinary government meeting can be found here.

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