The government of the Czech Republic declared a state of emergency on Thursday, which will last for 30 days, and put in place a number of new restrictions to cope with the boom in cases among which restaurant and night club obligations stand out. close at 10 p.m.
Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech has indicated that the government is “convinced” that the mandatory vaccine should be introduced so that vaccination will be mandatory for people over 50 years of age and for workers in certain sectors as it is “necessary” ” .
“Vaccinated people can get infected, but most likely will not end up in intensive care units,” explained the health director, who also pointed out that the validity of the vaccination card will be nine months after the second dose. in accordance with the relevant provision adopted by Brussels on Thursday.
On the other hand, as of this Friday, a maximum of 1,000 people can attend cultural and sporting events, while restaurants and discos have to close at 5:00 p.m.
In addition, Christmas markets and the consumption of alcohol and food in public have been banned, reports ‘Mlada Fronta Dnes’.
The measures were approved after an emergency cabinet meeting given the situation in the country. Vojtech announced this Thursday that authorities foresee an end to the wave affecting the Czech Republic by Christmas and warned that the health system is at its limit due to the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital.
The Czech Republic has a vaccination rate of 60 percent, a low rate compared to the rest of the EU, which resulted in authorities restricting access to events and public services to non-vaccinated people. The tightening of restrictions is doubtful, however, given the impending inauguration of the new cabinet, which has already opposed the tougher measures.