Government of the Czech Republic, 15 March 2021

Mandatory employee testing even for small companies, the government decides

From 26 March 2021 at the latest, small companies employing at least ten persons will also have to participate in the mandatory testing of employees. The relevant extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health was approved on 15 March 2021 by the government.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 8 March 2021

The government approves bonuses for healthcare and social services workers, new programmes to help entrepreneurs

Doctors and other medical staff in facilities providing inpatient care for patients with Covid-19 will receive up to CZK 75,000 in the form of an extraordinary bonus. Bonuses for working during the epidemic will also be awarded to workers in the non-medical professions and social services. At a meeting on 8 March 2021, the government also approved two new support programmes for entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus crisis in 2021. The allocation for the Antivirus programme will also be increased.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 26 February 2021

The government declares state of emergency until 28 March, free movement and retail rules to be tightened from Monday, schools to close again

From Saturday, 27 February, a new state of emergency will apply in the Czech Republic. This was declared by the government for 30 days, i.e. until 28 March, at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, 26 February 2021. At the same time, it has tightened up certain crisis measures and re-confirmed all those that currently apply.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 15 February 2021

Recent and upcoming changes when traveling to England

If you arrive in England from a country on the travel ban list (sometimes called the ‘red list’) you’ll need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days. Before you travel, you’ll need to book and pay for your hotel room and 2 COVID-19 tests to take during your stay.

If you’re coming from a country not on the banned travel list, you’ll need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and book 2 COVID-19 tests.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 14 February 2021

At the request of regional governors, government declares 14-day state of emergency

At an extraordinary meeting on Sunday, 14 February 2021, the government declared a state of emergency for the Czech Republic due to the spread of the SARS CoV-S coronavirus. It comes into effect on at midnight from the 14th to 15th February and will last 14 days, until 28 February. It thus follows on from the state of emergency which expires at midnight on 14 February.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 11 February 2021

The government has decided to restrict movement in the three worst affected districts

Stricter rules for the movement of persons will apply from 12 February 2021 to three Czech districts – Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov, which are currently affected the most by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government decided to introduce these territorial crisis measures at an extraordinary meeting on 11 February 2021. At the same time, it decided to send a total of one million masks from State reserves to the affected areas.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 1 February 2021

Important Covid-19 Measures for Foreigners

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has launched an on-line arrival form. It will have to be completed before arrival in the Czech Republic by all those who have stayed for more than 12 hours out of the last 14 days in any country that is not on the list of countries with a low Covid-19 risk, with the exception of employees of international transport firms, EU citizens and foreigners with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the EU passing through the Czech Republic in 12 hours or less, as well as diplomats and officials of international organizations registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided that their stay here does not exceed 14 days.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 1 February 2021

Government has agreed to temporarily waive VAT on respirators and to extend support for food producers

Sellers will be able to reduce prices on respirators in class FFP2 and higher. On Monday, 1 February 2021, the cabinet charged the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to issue a decision exempting those products temporarily from the value added tax. The government also endorsed an extension of the Agricovid Food Production subsidy scheme of the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 14 January 2021

Ministry of Health launches the central reservation system

On Friday, 15 January at 8:00 a.m., the Ministry of Health will launch the new central reservation system for vaccination against Covid-19 for selected population groups. Persons over the age of 80 can register via the website at registrace.mzcr.cz, crs.uzis.cz (only in the Czech language) or via telephone at 1221. Other persons, such as relatives or their general practitioner, can help them register.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 20 December 2020

The Czech government has suspended all passenger flights from the UK travelling to the Czech Republic

In response to evidence of a new variant of Covid-19 in the UK, the Czech Ministry of Health has introduced a mandatory 10-day quarantine for those who have travelled from the UK, or spent more than 24 hours in the UK during the past 14 days. If this applies to you, you should self-isolate, and take a Covid-19 PCR test between 5 and 7 days after your arrival into the Czech Republic from the UK. If your test is then negative, you can terminate the quarantine. The restriction applies from 20 December 2020 3:30 PM.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 14 December 2020

The government has decided that stricter 4th tier pandemic measures will start to apply on Friday; affected businesses will be helped by compensations

On Friday 18th December the Czech Republic will return to the 4th tier of the pandemic response system (known as PES), but there will be several changes to the 4th tier. The Christmas holiday will be two days longer for schoolchildren. At its session on Monday, 14 December 2020, the government also approved new compensation schemes intended to help businesses worst affected by the announced changes.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 20 November 2020

Cabinet Extends State of Emergency until 12 December 2020. Some Restrictions to Be Eased Starting on Monday.

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic will for now be extended until 12 December 2020. Acting based on prior approval given by the Chamber of Deputies, the cabinet imposed the extension during an extraordinary session held on Friday 20 November 2020. At the same time, several changes regarding formerly adopted emergency measures will take effect on Monday 23 November 2020, partially easing some of the imposed restrictions.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 13 November 2020

The epidemiological situation will newly be depicted by the PES evaluation system

The Ministry of Health will map the current epidemiological situation using the anti-epidemic system (PES in Czech) risk score. The regions will be assigned to five levels, on which the respective anti-epidemic measures will depend. The new evaluation system offers better legibility and predictability of epidemiological developments.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 2 November 2020

Government extends state of emergency and all current crisis measures until 20 November

State of emergency in the Czech Republic to remain in force until 20 November. Based on the earlier consent of the Chamber of Deputies, the Government at an extraordinary meeting on 30 October 2020 has decided on an extension of three weeks. At the same time, with minor changes and additions, it has also extended all the crisis measures that were due to expire on Tuesday, 3 November.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 31 October 2020

New National Restrictions in England from 5 November

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

There are different restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Until 5 November you must follow the local restrictions for your area. Each area has a Local COVID Alert Level. There are 3 Local COVID Alert Levels. Sometimes these are called ‘tiers’ or known as a ‘local lockdown’.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 26 October 2020

Government extends Antivirus B programme for aiding employers through to the end of the year, also announces further crisis measures

Starting Wednesday 28 October, a night-time curfew will go into effect in the Czech Republic aside from strictly designated exemptions. Sunday shopping will be prohibited with certain exceptions and shops will have to close at 8 pm every day. The  government announced these and other tightened restrictions following a meeting on Monday 26 October 2020.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 22 October 2020

Government decides to further tighten preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19

As of Thursday, further, stricter preventive measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will come into force in the Czech Republic. Based on unfavourable growth numbers for the Covid-19 disease, the government announced these following an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, 21 October. There will be a fundamental restriction on retail sales and services, the activities of public authorities and on the free movement of the population.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 9 October 2020

Due to the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, government to limit sporting, cultural and social events, the activities of public authorities and schools

At an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, 8 October 2020, the Czech Government approved another package of crisis measures in response to unfavourable developments in the epidemic and to the growing number of those infected with the Covid-19 disease. In two waves, starting from 9 and 12 October, it will limit and then completely ban, among other things, sporting, cultural and other leisure events, and will limit the activities of public authorities, schools and restaurant opening hours. It is proposing extraordinary care allowance conditions for parents who have to stay at home due to school closures or the quarantine of a child.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 2 October 2020

New guidance on £9 billion Job Retention Bonus, set to benefit millions of businesses

Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the UK government’s Job Retention Bonus. The Job Retention Bonus, worth up to £9 billion is set to support millions of employers who have kept on furloughed workers.

The bonus will work alongside newly announced Job Support Scheme and could be worth more than 60% of average wages of workers who have been furloughed – and are kept on until the start of February 2021.

Businesses can claim from 15 February until 31 March 2021. Find out if you’re eligible and what you need to do to claim. See further details about the Job Retention Bonus on the Coronavirus Hub.

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Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 30 September 2020

Government restricts mass events effective from 5 October

From 12:00 a.m. on 5 October 2020 to 11:59 p.m. on 18 October 2020, the government will impose crisis measures in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the declared state of emergency. As of Monday, concerts and theatre performances primarily involving singing will be prohibited for 14 days, as will mass events for more than 10 persons in indoor premises and more than 20 persons on outdoor premises.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 24 September 2020

Find out how the Winter Economy Plan will protect jobs and support businesses

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 24 September 2020

Get the NHS COVID-19 app to help protect yourself and others

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 9 September 2020

New measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. Review what has changed for businesses in England.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 9 September 2020

The obligation to wear face masks applies from 10 September

The Ministry of Health is responding to the deteriorating epidemic situation and, from Thursday, 10 September, is introducing the mandatory wearing of face masks, with some exceptions, in all indoor areas of buildings outside housing, and in the common areas of schools. The nationwide obligation to wear protective equipment in public transport also continues to apply. Face masks are basic preventive measures not only in connection with Covid-19, but also in connection with the upcoming period of respiratory diseases.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 28 August 2020

If you are returning to the UK from the Czech Republic on or after 29 August, you may need to self-isolate on your return

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the Czech Republic. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

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Government of the United Kingdom

Reopen your business safely during Coronavirus

Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. The UK government has developed a new tool and guidance for businesses to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.

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Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Entry into the territory of the Czech Republic

The rules for entering the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are defined by the Ministry of Health. Information regarding entry to other countries is the responsibility of the embassies in the countries of destination and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Quarantine measures and RT-PCR test conditions are the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.

The activities of diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic are gradually resumed. Depending on the epidemiological situation, the conditions for entry into the Czech Republic will also be gradually relaxed. More detailed information regarding the stay of third country nationals in the Czech Republic can be found here.

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Government of the United Kingdom

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel guidance for passengers

How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Government of the United Kingdom

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.

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Government of the United Kingdom

Travel guidance for employers

As businesses in the UK return to on-site working and more people begin to use public transport, the Department for Transport has produced guidance for employers to help provide a safe return to work on the transport network including encouraging active travel and travel outside peak hours.

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Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

From the May 26th, 2020 it is possible to cross the land borders with Germany and Austria

From the May 26th, 2020 it is possible to cross the land borders with Germany and Austria at all railway crossings, all main road crossings and the Hřensko river crossing. The list of the open border-crossing points you can find here. In addition, the checks at the common borders with Germany, Austria will be executed in a targeted and flexible manner.

Minister of Health approved new Protective measure against SARS-CoV-2 that allows EU citizens (or third-country nationals with the status of a long-term European Community resident) who have a provable family relation (including a lasting relationship) with a person living in the Czech Republic, to enter the territory of the Czech Republic.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 18 May 2020

Government approves COVID III guarantee programme for companies and releases 2.5 billion for Care-giver’s Allowance for SEP programme

Companies with up to 500 employees affected by the coronavirus contagion will be able to ask banks for a loan with a state guarantee. The government approved the announcement of the COVID III guarantee programme at their meeting on Monday 18 May 2020. It also agreed with the designation of 2.5 billion crowns for the support of self-employed persons (SEP) that have to take care of children during the pandemic and with the draft of an act that enables healthcare service providers to be compensated for expenses that arose for them in connection with the ongoing epidemic of the COVID-19 disease.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 11 May 2020

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 7 May 2020

Selected social services will start up earlier, government will reward rescuers and social workers for their extraordinary efforts during the epidemic

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will accelerate the scenario for relaxing limitations on social services. On Thursday, 7 May 2020, the government gave its consent to the earlier start-up of selected activities. It also approved the payment of extraordinary remuneration for employees in social services and the emergency medical services. A special interim law for the period of the pandemic and a proposal to defer social security payments will also go to Parliament.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 30 April 2020

Government approves the rules for relaxing emergency measures from 11 May, state of emergency remains in force until 17 May

At an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, 30 April, the Government approved the extension of the state of emergency until 17 May. Ministers also agreed on precise rules for the next phase of the relaxation of the emergency measures from 11 May, a proposal to help cultural facilities and artists, and a bill to abolish property purchase tax.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 23 April 2020

Government accelerates scenario for loosening extraordinary measures, larger establishments can open starting Monday

Thanks to favourable development of the epidemiological situation in the incidence of COVID-19, at a special meeting Thursday 23 April 2020 the Government approved an accelerated scenario for loosening the extraordinary quarantine measures. Starting Friday the rules restricting free movement have been altered and people can go out in public or play sports in groups of up to ten.

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Czech Radio, 27 April 2020

More shops and services reopen around the country

More shops and services reopened around the country on Monday within a phased-out easing of the government-imposed coronavirus restrictions.

Shops the size of up to 2,500 square meters that have their own entrance and are not located in large shopping centres are free to reopen, under strict hygiene conditions, as are driving schools, gyms and fitness centres, although without the use of showers and changing rooms.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 17 April 2020

The government has proposed an increase in the care allowance and confirmed from Monday the partial relaxation of certain measures

The care allowance for parents of children under the age of 13 who are unable to attend pre-school or school facilities as a result of the quarantine measures and for those caring for those with health disabilities within a joint household may increase from the current 60 percent to 80 percent of the daily assessment base.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 14 April 2020

Government discusses proposal for gradually easing exceptional measures

Starting Monday 20 April, tradespeople and farmers’ markets will once again be able to operate, small weddings and individual consultations will be able to take place, and so will exams for students in their final years of university.

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Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, 10 April 2020

Germany introduces a mandatory 14-day quarantine

The Federal Republic and the Länder have agreed that all citizens of Germany, EU citizens, citizens of the Schengen area or long-term residents who return to their residence in Germany after having been abroad for several days will be required to pass a two-weeks mandatory quarantine. Specific measures are implemented by the Länder.

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Vláda České republiky, 9. 4. 2020

Vláda rozhodla o prodloužení nouzového stavu do 30. dubna, podpoří kulturní instituce více než miliardou korun

Na mimořádném jednání ve čtvrtek 9. dubna 2020 schválila vláda prodloužení nouzového stavu na území České republiky do 30. dubna 2020. Ministři projednali i několik změn v již vyhlášených mimořádných opatřeních a schválili také finanční pomoc státním i nestátním kulturním institucím. Rozhodli také posílit účast Armády ČR při zvládání pandemie koronaviru o dalších 2 000 vojáků, kteří vypomohou Policii ČR.

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Czech Chamber of Commerce

Information concerning the occurrence of COVID-19 disease.

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Vláda České republiky, 7. 4. 2020

Upravuje se režim na hranicích. Po Velikonocích bude možné v odůvodněných případech vycestovat do zahraničí

Od 14. dubna mohou občané v nezbytných a jasně odůvodněných případech vycestovat do zahraničí. Návrh Ministerstva vnitra vychází vstříc lidem, kteří např. musejí jet do zahraničí vyřídit úřední povinnosti, vyjet na služební cestu, na pohřeb, za rodinou nebo v jiné mimořádné naléhavé situaci. Podmínkou bude prodloužení nouzového stavu.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 7 April 2020

Measures adopted by the Czech Government against coronavirus

  • General measures
  • Measures concerning foreigners and border crossing
  • Economic measures

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Government of the Czech Republic, 31 March 2020

Government approves CZK 25 000 for self-employed persons, also launching programme for supporting employment retention

One-time assistance of CZK 25 000 for the self-employed, covering the majority of wage costs for employers affected by the government regulations and consequences of the coronavirus crisis, and a proposal to help people facing distraint. At a meeting on Tuesday 31 March 2020, the Government approved another bundle of measures to help those hit hardest by the pandemic.

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Vláda České republiky, 30. 3. 2020

Podpora a úlevy pro podnikatele a zaměstnance

  • Daňové úlevy
  • Podpora OSVČ
  • Podpora udržení zaměstnanosti
  • Bezplatné využití datových schránek
  • Podpora zemědělců, lesníků a potravinářů
  • Opatření pro zaměstnance

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Government of the Czech Republic, 30 March 2020

Restriction of free movement, retail sale and services extended to 11 April; smart-quarantine project launched

The restriction of free movement, retail sale and certain services in the Czech Republic due to the Coronavirus pandemic will remain in force until at least 06h00, 11 April. The Government acknowledged the emergency measures adopted by the Ministry of Health on Monday, 30 March 2020. It also decided to set up a COVID-19 Central Management Team to lead the “smart quarantine” project. Children under two years of age will no longer be required to wear face masks. The same applies to drivers, provided there are no passengers in the vehicle.

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Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Cross-border workers (so-called pendlers)
Complex information valid from March 29th, 2020 from 0:00

As of March 29th 2020 from midnight (i.e. night from Saturday to Sunday) the pendlers are divided into three main categories based on the point of border crossing and the type of work.

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Czech Chamber of Commerce

Video by the President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Vladimír Dlouhý, in which he sums up the most important points regarding the current situation, its impact on the domestic private sector and the measures pushed forward by CCC to support the business community.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 25 March 2020

Pomoc občanům – mimořádná přeprava v Evropě

Informace o možnosti využít mimořádné autobusové spojení pro občany, kteří se v důsledku opatření proti šíření nového koronaviru nemohou přepravit z různých evropských zemích zpět do ČR.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 24 March 2020

COVID-19: support for businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 20 March 2020

Government agreed to extend the payment of care allowance during an emergency; the self-employed will also get money

At an emergency meeting on Thursday, 19 March 2020, the government adopted further emergency measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Inter alia, the ministers approved a bill that would allow parents caring for schoolchildren at home to extend their care allowance, has further tightened the conditions for cross-border workers, and changed the time reserved for senior citizens to buy foodstuffs and drugstore goods to 07:00 to 09:00.

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Government of the United Kingdom, 19 March 2020

Support for those affected by Covid-19

More information about the package of measures announced at Budget 2020 to support public services, individuals and businesses affected by Covid-19.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 17 March 2020

To the Diplomatic Missions based in the Czech Republic: COVID-19 Travel Information

The ban on entry into the Czech Republic applies to all foreigners, except to those who have permanent residence in the Czech Republic or more than 90 days temporary residence and persons whose entry into the Czech territory is in the Czech Republic’s interest.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 16 March 2020

Due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the government has restricted the free movement of people to the essential minimum

At an extraordinary meeting of the government on Sunday, 15 March 2020, the Government decided, as part of its precautionary steps, to take additional emergency measures against the spread of SARS CoV-2. From midnight on 16 March until March 24, 6:00, it has declared restrictions on the free movement of people with certain defined and necessary exceptions. It also extended the reintroduction of border surveillance.

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Government of the Czech Republic, 12 March 2020

Due to the spread of the coronavirus the government has declared a state of emergency and on 12 March 2020 further tightened preventive measures

At an extraordinary meeting on Thursday 12 March 2020, the Government decided to declare a state of emergency in the Czech Republic in connection with the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. At the same time, it announced further stricter preventive measures to limit the spread of the disease. It has for example banned travel to the most high-risk countries and has banned foreigners from those countries from entering the country. It has also radically reduced the conditions for gatherings of larger groups of people.

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Svaz průmyslu a dopravy ČR

Doporučení SP ČR na opatření pro pomoc firmám a ekonomice

Svaz průmyslu a dopravy ČR předložil vládě a jednotlivým ministerstvům souhrn dalších opatření na podporu firem během nynějšího nouzového stavu. Cílem Svazu je minimalizovat dopady nynější situace na podniky a jejich zaměstnance a zajistit, aby po skončení opatření proti šíření koronaviru, mohli podnikatelé a firmy co nejrychleji obnovit svou činnost.

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