Covid-19 pandemic in Czech

Covid-19 pandemic in Czech

 After two years of struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, now the Czech Republic is facing a new chapter. One by one, the Czech government began to lift the restriction policies, and now life can be described as before the Covid-19 outbreak. The first confirmed cases of Covid-19 by the Czech government on February 29, 2020 were 3 cases. A week later, when the number of cases reached 91 and indicated an increase, the Czech government immediately decided to close all schools and universities, on March 11, 2020. 

One day after March 12, 2020, the Czech government imposed an "Emergency Status" for 30 days, during which foreign tourists could no longer enter Czech territory, and local people could no longer leave the Czech Republic. Until finally, on March 16, 2020, a lockdown was imposed, in which all public facilities such as shopping centers, fitness centers, tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants and cafes, and entertainment centers were closed. Only shops that sell groceries, electronics stores, pharmacies, gas stations and of course hospitals are allowed to continue operating. The first confirmed case of death from Covid-19 in the Czech Republic was on March 22, 2020. 

Therefore, the emergency period originally set for 30 days was extended to April 30, 2020. The Czech government has also tightened the permit for gatherings where in public places it is not allowed to gather more than 2 people. In line with the downward trend in the number of daily cases, at the beginning of the second quarter of 2020 the Czech government began to relax its policies. Starting on April 7, 2020, sports shops have been allowed to resume operations with due observance of health protocols, followed by shops with a maximum area of   200 square meters allowed to resume operations. Until finally on May 11, 2020, public facilities such as galleries, cinemas, museums, restaurants or cafes outside shopping centers resumed operation. 

A week later on May 17, 2020 the Czech government declared the "Status of Emergency" ended. And starting May 25, 2020, all hotels and shopping centers have been allowed to resume operations.
After closing borders for a long time, in June 2020 the Czech government opened borders with neighboring countries. And based on the agreement of the European Union countries, the European Union is divided into three categories: low risk, medium risk and high risk. Czech people can travel to countries in the low risk and medium risk categories without the obligation to show negative evidence of Covid-19 when returning to the Czech Republic. The obligation to show negative evidence of Covid-19 continues to apply to people who return from traveling to countries with high risk categories. 

At the end of 2020, Covid-19 cases were revived and reached the highest peak of up to 17,000 cases per day in early 2021. As a result, the Czech government again tightened community mobilization and increased awareness of the importance of vaccination. One of the programs carried out so that people want to be vaccinated is by increasing vaccination centers to shopping centers and train stations. Had experienced a decrease in the number of cases in mid-2021, the new variant of Covid-19 Omicron made the number of cases soar dramatically. And the Czech Republic recorded the highest cases in the history of the Covid-19 pandemic in February 2022, with 57,000 cases per day. 

After going through various ups and downs of the pandemic, especially after the Omicron variant hurricane was handled and the number of fully vaccinated population reached more than 50%, the Czech government began to relax public policies. As an illustration of vaccination in the Czech Republic, of the 10 million people, about 64% or 6.9 million people have received the complete vaccine. And about 38.5% or 4.1 million people have received the third or booster vaccine. A significant policy that was repealed in early 2022 was that there was no longer any restriction on the number of people gathering at indoor events as of March 1, 2022, followed by the lifting of the policy regarding the use of masks in closed spaces on March 14, 2022. However, the use of masks is still mandatory. on public transportation. 

In early April, the Czech government lifted all restrictions on arrivals from outside the Czech Republic. Where previously everyone who entered the Czech territory either by land or by air had to fill out a passenger locator form, or show evidence within a six-month period of being declared cured of Covid-19, or show evidence of complete vaccine or the first dose accompanied by a negative PCR result, then per April 9, 2022 the policy is no longer enforced. So, if you want to travel to Prague, now is the right time.

And the policy that was most recently revoked is the use of masks in public transportation which is no longer valid as of April 14, 2022. Currently, masks are only used when going to hospitals or pharmacies. So now the Czech people can say goodbye to masks that have accompanied the two years of the pandemic. However, the Czech government still urges if you are in the center of a crowd, especially in a closed room, it is recommended to wear a mask. As mentioned at the beginning of the article, life in the Czech Republic in general is already running as it was when Covid-19 was not yet endemic. People are free to move and gather without any restrictions and of course without masks. Of course, we all pray that there will be no more new variants of Covid-19 so that we can move freely without any restrictions.

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