No more coffee-to-go for Czechs due to pandemic

Caffeine lovers in the Czech Republic could be facing a dry spell after their government introduced a ban on coffee-to-go in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic. The move prompted Czechs to voice their displeasure in the online comment sections of news websites.

"This is pure mockery," wrote one internet user. "I don't have time to sit in the cafe in the morning before work," complained another.

Others responded with sarcasm, with one comment reading, "This will definitely save us from the pandemic."

The Czech government approved the new resolution on Thursday, but due to unclear wording, some thought the ban was just an error.

Trade Minister Karel Havlicek added to confusion by saying that in his opinion, take-away coffee would be allowed if the customer could take the mug "home in a bag."

But Health Minister Jan Blatny left no doubt in responding to the debate late Friday.

"This is not a mistake: the aim is that we do not walk around Christmas markets or on the streets with cups and food in hand," he said.

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