Czech government closes shops introducing tougher Covid-19 measures

The Czech government announced on Wednesday strict new measures in response to an enormous rise in the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations in the country. The new restrictions will take effect from Thursday and will be in place until at least 3 November, Radio Prague reported. All shops and small businesses will be closed with the exception of food stores, chemists and toiletries stores.

Schools, restaurants and bars had already been ordered to close.

Non-essential contact with other people has been prohibited; people will only be allowed to go to work and to make necessary family visits or to make essential purchases. People are allowed to visit the countryside or parks in the company of no more than one other person. Face masks must be worn outside.

PM Andrej Babis said the moves were intended to prevent a collapse in the Czech healthcare system. The minister of health Roman Prymula denied that the current situation represented a lockdown. The country announced on Tuesday nearly 12,000 new Covid-19 cases.

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