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Government confirms softening of commuter regime for workers going into Austria, Germany

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The Czech cabinet today confirmed a softening of the regime for selected categories of people who commute to work in Austria and Germany, deciding that the quarantine measures over the coronavirus will not apply to health, social care, and rescue system workers.

The selected workers are exempted from the duty to work outside Czechia continuously for three weeks at least, Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) told journalists after the cabinet meeting.

Otherwise, all Czechs working in Germany and Austria have been banned from crossing the border for less than 21 days and are bound to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return as of today.

The Interior Ministry announced the planned change for the selected groups of workers on Wednesday, saying the limitations for them will be eased based on requests from the German and Austrian governments. It will no longer be necessary for them to fulfill the requirements of having pre-arranged accommodations in the country they commute to as well as staying in quarantine for two weeks upon their return to the Czech Republic, the ministry said.

When crossing the border, these workers will only need to provide confirmation of their cross-border employment.

The ministry said the above-mentioned types of work are crucial in the continued fight against the coronavirus and that there are also many social and health care facilities in Austria and Germany that employ Czechs.

The rules as defined also apply to commuters arriving to the Czech Republic for work from abroad.

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