The authorities in the Czech Republic have decided to abolish the obligation to provide vaccination or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 to all people who plan to go to bars or restaurants or participate in outdoor events.
In addition, according to the announcement published by the Ministry of Health, the country’s authorities are also trying to increase the maximum number of people who want to participate in mass events, TheSchengen.com reports.
The ministry itself announced that the new changes will take effect on Thursday. The recent changes implemented by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic come as part of efforts to relax the rules imposed to stop the further spread of the coronavirus and its new variants.
However, the requirement to wear face masks indoors, as well as the limited number of participants in certain events, will be maintained.
Technical performances, conferences and educational events, as well as sporting events, will continue to have a maximum capacity of 1,000 spectators. At the same time, other mass events are allowed to host a maximum of 100 participants.
From February 19, a maximum of 500 people without seats and 1,000 seated people are allowed to attend group events, while other events such as cultural, sporting or traditional events will then be able to have a maximum of 500 participants.
The Omicron wave has peaked, and we expect contagion to have a downtrend soon. This gives us the opportunity to relax anti-epidemic measures. At the same time, I would like to ask everyone to continue to follow health recommendations, act responsibly, and thus avoid a possible deterioration of the situation,” Minister of Health Vlastimil Valek noted in this regard.
Authorities in the Czech Republic also announced that testing for employees, as well as social service providers, will also change from February 19.
“The scope of emergency management narrows from today’s health and social service providers, inpatient caregivers in disabled home facilities, elderly homes or special system homes, social service providers providing relief services in residential form and social service providers in a weekly inpatient or sheltered facility. ‘,” the statement notes.
The same makes clear that testing will be continued by antigen testing and healthcare professionals, while these requirements will no longer be mandatory for people who have completed the immunization process.
Recently, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala stressed that the country would remove all requirements to present a vaccination or recovery document upon access to outdoor events, including restaurants and bars.