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New Government measures easing Czech lockdown (as of 23 April 2020)

The Government of the Czech Republic has taken the following measures due to coronavirus proliferation during its meeting on 23 April 2020: 

1) As of Friday April 24, the measure concerning the free movement in public have been changed. Free movement of people outside and during sports activities will be possible for groups of up to 10 people (specified hygienic conditions have to be followed, e.g. keeping a safe distance), 

2) the speeded-up plan to release business and other activities has been introduced: 
· as of 20 April – craft workshops, farmers' markets, car dealers, outdoor training activities of professional athletes, weddings of up to 10 people, 
· as of 27 April – business premises up to 2 500 m2, only if they are not in shopping malls over 5 000 m2), driving schools, gyms and fitness facilities without the possibility of using locker rooms and showers, church services of up to 15 people, libraries, outdoor expositions of zoological gardens, 
· as of 11 May – shopping centres, business premises over 2 500 m2, restaurants can open their gardens while serving food there, beauty services, museums, galleries, outdoor premises of castles and chateaus, activities of professional athletes without public, 
· as of 25 May – restaurants, accommodation services, taxi services, tattoo salons, theatres, cultural and sporting events (limit of participants TBC), weddings, outdoor expositions of zoological gardens, 

3) as of Monday April 27, the rules for crossing state borders have been changed. EU citizens arriving in the Czech Republic for the business purposes or university students from EU countries can now arrive to the Czech Republic. Czech citizens are able to travel abroad, however on their return they have to submit to a 14 days quarantine or undergo a test with a negative result on Covid-19, 

4) the ban on receiving patients to spa rehabilitation care centres has been abolished. These will have to follow stricter hygienic conditions, 

5) the requirements for the allocation of beds for clients of social services with a proven Covid-19 disease have been lowered. Newly, the regions and the capital city of Prague have to allocate 10 beds per 100,000 inhabitants, 

6) the bill on certain measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic in sport has been adopted. The proposal provides the extension of the powers of the National sports agency, so it is able to prepare the relevant grant programs, 

7) the Government took note of the information on the implementation of the Covid-19 Collective Immunity Study, 

8) as of Monday April 27, new measures apply in education. All university students are now able take part in personal individual consultations.