Since last week’s update, there have been several new measures put in place related to the spread of coronavirus. In addition to that, the Government decided to alleviate some of the restrictions.
After the Easter break, the Government held an important meeting where it approved a plan of relaxing the restrictive measures.
- As of 20 April, some new shops can be opened, namely crafts shops, farmers’ markets or car dealerships. Outdoor training activities of professional athletes as well as sport activities of smaller groups of non-professional athletes will be allowed. Weddings with up to 10 people will be allowed.
- A week later, on 27 April, all shops of the size of 200m2 or smaller, except those in malls and shopping centres, can reopen again.
- As of 11 May, all shops of the size of 1000m2 or smaller, except those in malls and shopping centres, can reopen as well. Furthermore, driving schools and fitness centres can open, but without access to the locker room areas.
- As of 25 May, outdoor areas of restaurants, pubs, buffets and wine shops can reopen as well. Furthermore, hairdressers, beauty salons, massage salons and regeneration services, as well as museums, galleries and outdoor areas of zoos can open as well.
- The last wave of relaxation is planned for 8 June when malls and shopping centres will be able to operate again. Furthermore, all restaurants, pubs, buffets, cafes, wine shops and beer shops can open their indoor areas. Accommodation facilities, hotels, taxi services, theatres and other cultural sights will open again and cultural and sport event up to 50 persons and other specific activities will be allowed.
- The proposed plan depends on the developments related to the spread of the coronavirus.
- The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest in cooperation with other stakeholders opened a new platform called Connecting Czechia that aims to be a marketplace for connecting stakeholders that offer or demand products or services which can help to fight the spread of coronavirus. Hundreds of companies registered since its launch in late March and the interest in the platform keeps growing.
- The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced on 15 April that it will allocate 300 mil. CZK (approximately 11 mil. EUR) from the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness for production of medical equipment to be used for fighting coronavirus. The period during which companies will be able to apply for financial support is from 27 April until 29 May. Companies will be allowed a financial support of up to 50% of the price of the machines needed to transform their production. The minimum support will be 250 000 CZK (approximately 900 EUR), maximum one 20 mil. CZK (approximately 730 000 EUR).
- The Prime Minister announced that the Government is ready to further support self-employed persons. So-far, the support to self-employed persons took the form of a one-off financial aid of 25 000 CZK (approximately 900 EUR), that covers the period between 12th March and 30th April. In mid-April, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would pay another 15 000 CZK (approximately 550 EUR) to all self-employed persons for the month of May and is also ready to pay the same amount for the month of June. However, the new measures still need to be officially approved.
As of 17 April, there were 6 437 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 170 deaths and 979 cured patients. The number of tested persons reached 154 307.
Source: Government of the Czech Republic, BusinessInfo.cz, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Prepared by the team of foreign office CzechTrade Brussels