PRAGUE – Exit strategy revealed

Czech government has published a COVID-19 exit plan that would gradually ease measures in five phases between 20 April and 8 June. From 20 April, farmers markets and craftsmen can open their businesses under strict hygiene conditions.

On 27 April, small shops will be opened and larger shops will follow on 11 May. On 25 May, restaurants and bars serving in outdoor gardens should be opened again as well as outdoor sections of Czech zoos.

All indoor restaurants, cafes and pubs have to wait until 8 June. Public events with fewer than 50 participants should be allowed on 8 June as well. Schools will remain closed with a few exceptions including final exams or entrance examinations. The government emphasised that this plan could be reviewed according to circumstances.

According to Trade Minister Karel Havlíček, the Czech Republic is among the first EU countries to publish such a detailed plan. However, there is no official government resolution on this matter nor a scientific study that could serve as a cornerstone of the strategy.  (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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