New Covid measures tighten conditions for staying at accommodation facilities

The Czech government has announced some fresh restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. In an evident bid to keep people away from ski centres, only people on work trips will be allowed to stay at accommodation facilities; they must produce a letter from their employer confirming they are on a work trip and are not allowed to bring family members with them. Chair lifts will not be permitted to operate in ski centres.

People are only allowed to stay at their own recreational properties and exclusively with members of their own families. The new measures, which also include a ban on most hospital visits, take effect from midnight Friday.

Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, who heads the national coronavirus taskforce, told reporters that unlike in the past the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic was worsening at a time when the country’s hospitals were full. He said the government had to respond to worrying Covid numbers, as well as to the so-called British mutation of the virus.

Author: Ian Willoughby