Night curfew and ban on Sunday sales now in force

Strict new measures aimed at bringing the coronavirus epidemic under control came into force on Wednesday, October 28.

The government has enforced a night curfew between 9pm and 5am, employers have been asked to employ home office wherever possible, food and other stores selling essential goods, which still remain open, have to be closed on Sundays and will have to close their doors by 8pm on weekdays.

People are being encouraged to shop twice a week instead of going out daily and minimize their contacts with others as much as possible.

In an interview for Czech Radio, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said the authorities were running out of possible measures to bring the epidemic under control and did not rule out a complete lockdown if the present measures fail to be effective.

He said that at the present time the government was still divided on a complete lockdown.