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New Government measures easing Czech lockdown (as of 11 May 2020)

The Government of the Czech Republic has taken the following measures due to coronavirus proliferation during its meeting on 11 May 2020:

1) As of Monday 25 May, wearing of protective masks will be mandatory only in the interiors of buildings other than the place of residence and in public transport,
2) as of Tuesday 12 May, persons during entrance exams for high schools and universities, during daily classes at one-year foreign language courses or when providing counselling services will not have to wear protective masks. The exception applies only if the distance between attendants is at least 1.5 meters and with the maximum number of 15 persons in one room,
3) a bill setting a deadline for the submission of the bill on the State budget of the Czech Republic for 2021 has been approved. The bill was prepared as a result of the current coronavirus crisis, due to which it is still unclear how big loss will the state’s revenues suffer next year. The Ministry of Finance wants to submit the final bill on the State budget for 2021 to the Government by 30 September,
4) an amendment to the Public Procurement Act, which aims to simplify the purchase process of personal protective equipment as emergency supplies after the end of the state of emergency, has been approved. The contracting authority would then not have to meet all the usual requirements of the law and could significantly speed up the realisation of the purchase.