COVID-19 Updates

Limitations on free movement prolonged until April 1

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The Czech government prolonged the limitations on free movement of people across the country over the coronavirus pandemic until April 1 today, extending the ban that was to expire on Tuesday, Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (Social Democrats, CSSD) has told journalists.

The government also extended the ban on retail sales and services until April 1 over the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministers have prolonged all the previously adopted measures until the same date.

At first, the bans were to be valid between March 16 and March 24, 06:00.

Since the beginning, the measures have not related to trips to work, necessary visits to family or close persons, the trips to acquire essentials, to health and social services facilities and help to neighbors.

A week ago, the Czech Republic was the fourth European country after Italy, Spain and Austria to have limited the free movement of people due to the coronavirus spread.

A few days later, the ban on going out without mouth and nose cover followed. On Wednesday, the government approved the duty to wear a face mask, respirator, shawl or scarf.

Before the previous weekend, the authorities strongly recommended to the people that they observe the ban and limit their visits to weekend-houses.

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