Court rules closure of swimming pools, sports facilities and fitness centres was illegal

The regulation of sports facilities, swimming pools and wellness centres during the coronavirus lockdown period in April was illegal, the Czech Republic’s Supreme Administrative Court ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Jitka Zavřelová said that while the court does not stand in the way of combating the epidemic, it does require the relevant authority (in this case the Ministry of Health) to fulfil the requirements set out by pandemic legislation, which means a sufficient explanation for why such measures had to be put in place.

The case was looked into after an appeal by providers of these services, the Czech News Agency reports.

Author: Tom McEnchroe