Czech government declares state of emergency

Published: 16.03.2020 Related countries:  Israel Israel

The decision is valid for 30 days

The government of the Czech Republic has previosly declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020. The decision is valid for 30 days. As of March 13, the government bans all public events with participation of over 30 persons. The Czech Republic will also start protecting its border with Germany and Austria. As of March 14, international road personal transportation companies are banned to use vehicles for more than nine persons. Effective from March 13, there is a ban on the presence of the public in operations of catering services between 8 PM and 6 AM. Operation of catering services in shopping centres with an area exceeding 5,000 m2 will also be banned. The public is banned from entering entertainment, sports and wellness premises, music and social clubs, galleries and libraries.

Since March 16, 2020 a curfew applies throughout the Czech Republic. People can only leave their homes for work to look after relatives or for the necessary purchases and to see a doctor. In general - it is allowed to buy food, medicines, cosmetics and other medical devices. Likewise, in urgent matters, it is possible to see a doctor and arrange the necessary official matters. The exception also applies to health professionals, volunteers who help in health and other facilities, people working in public transport and other infrastructure, as well as people working in distribution services.

- The Government imposes a duty of work on students of 5th and 6th years of medical universities and non-medical health workers (nurses, paramedics, etc.) in secondary schools for the needs of regional sanitary stations, emergency services and hospitals.

- All healthcare professionals, doctors, pharmacists and other non-medical professions are prohibited from taking their leave during an emergency.

- The Army and Customs are called to help the police.

- Authorities must limit office hours to a maximum of 3 hours Monday to Wednesday.

- The regional governors and the mayor of Prague are obliged to designate a school for the care of children aged 3 to 10, whose parents are employees of the security corps, health services or health protection authorities.

- The government recommends employers to allow their workers to work remotely, and it is also recommended to suspend activities that are not necessary for the employer's operation.

Mayor of the Prague announced that from 17.3.2020 it will be possible to travel by public transport in Prague only with a covered face.

In the next few days, the Czech Ministry of Finance (MF) will present the exact parameters of its liberation package for entrepreneurs and natural entities. Its objectives will be to mitigate the impact of the current situation caused by the dissemination of the coronavirus and to minimise the need to visit tax offices. The main measures will include a blanket pardon of the fine for late submission of a natural entity’s income tax return and late-payment interest, at the latest until July 1, 2020. They also include waiving the fine for a late
tax claim and the fine for not submitting a control statement if related to the coronavirus, a blanket pardon of a second fine for not submitting a control statement in the amount of CZK 1,000 for 2020, and a blanket 75% waiving of the administrative fee for submitting an application for tax deferment or payment in instalments.

At its extraordinary meeting on March 12, 2020, the presidium of the Czech Banking Association (ČBA) agreed that it was a suitable instrument in substantiated cases to provide clients with the possibility of a three-month deferment of instalments of mortgage and consumer loans. Primarily, banks will focus on ordinary citizens
and clients from the ranks of small-sized entrepreneurs and sole traders. With this measure, the ČBA is trying to mitigate the economic impacts of the current coronavirus epidemic on its
clients.

The Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR) has proposed to the government the introduction of interest-free loans starting from CZK 50,000 with an instalment deferment by at least one year because companies would be without income but still would have to cover expenses related to their business and employee wages.

Source: www.cianews.com

Prepared by the team of CzechTrade / CzechInvest Israel