Czech Republic Announces New Drastic Restrictions

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

The government of the Czech Republic has announced that it will reimpose a state of lockdown.

After an urgent meeting of the cabinet on Oct. 21, 2020, the government has ordered most shops and services to shut down. Health minister Roman Prymula said that the Czech health system would soon reach the limits of its capacity.

Food stores and pharmacies will remain open. On Oct. 5, 2020, the government has declared the State of Emergency and ordered all opera houses and concert halls to shut down for a period of 30 days. However, the ticket sales for the National Theater in Prague have been suspended after Nov. 5, 2020.

The Czech Republic has seen an explosion in new COVID-19 cases, with 11,984 new cases on Oct. 20, 2020. The country has had 193,946 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.