Thursday, 4 June 2020
National | Radio Prague

The government on Monday unveiled a map of "safe" versus "high-risk" destinations eagerly awaited by travel agencies and holiday makers. As of mid-June Czechs should be able to travel to the vast majority of European states without restrictions in what is a bid to boost the tourist industry at home and abroad. The foreign minister emphasized that the travel map would be updated every fortnight.

National | Radio Prague

Every year, teachers from Czech schools in the United States and Canada meet to discuss their work and the challenges of maintaining Czech language skills among children living abroad. This year's event took place online, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

National | Radio Prague

United States are gradually easing restrictions imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. As life slowly returns to normal, Czech Radio paid a visit to a Czech restaurant in Washington, which has just welcomed its first customers after two months of lockdown.

Prague | Expats.cz

Winemarkers, small breweries, local farmers and a wide range of vendors will have a chance to sell their products at the markets, located on the left bank of the Vltava near the Čech Bridge by the civic swimming pool area. The markets will open on June 6 for the summer season.

Prague | Business | Expats.cz

Prague will soon get a new farmers market at Malostranské náměstí. The Prague 1 administration is also looking for other places where locally produced food can be sold.

National | Radio Prague

Just as in many other parts of the world, the coronavirus pandemic has also become a topic for disinformation and fake news in the Czech Republic. According to the country's Centre Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats (CTHT) Benedikt Vangeli, fake information related to COVID-19 has had an impact on a small part of the population, but its reach pales in comparison to general media channels.

National | Expats.cz

Now that lockdown measures have been relaxed, protests are returning but under strict hygiene rules. The civic association Masaryk will stage one of the first post-lockdown protests on June 2 at 5 to 7 pm in front of Prague Castle at Hradčanské náměstí. The event is called Defend Democracy, with the subtitle Say No to Traitors.

National | Expats.cz

Starting June 30, RegioJet will begin work on a direct train from Prague, through Brno, to Rijeka, Croatia, at least three times a week, according to a report in Lidovky.cz. RegioJet spokesman Aleš Ondrůj said the train service will be operational by mid-September.

Prague | Expats.cz

Honest Guide and Seznam Zprávy have compiled a list of central Prague venues offering big beer discounts in a post-coronavirus world. You can sit outside at Prague's Old Town Square, and pay just 40-50 crowns for a beer that would have previously cost you 100+.

Prague | Expats.cz

Trains are returning to the repaired Negrelli Viaduct in Prague today after three years of repair work. Service from Prague to Kralupy nad Vltavou and Ústí nad Labem, as well as express lines from Prague to Kladno will return to their original routes. Timetables will change as the route stops and times are different.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The European Commission's 750 billion euro recovery plan, which would use an unprecedented scale of joint debt incurred by the bloc's 27 member countries, is expected to provoke a fierce debate among EU leaders. The immediate reaction from Prague has been a thumbs down from the prime minister, but also calls for solidarity from others.

National | Schengen Visa Info

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has asserted that the EU border closures are not that effective against the spread of the Coronavirus. "Available evidence doesn't support recommending border closures, which will cause significant secondary effects and societal and economic disruption in the EU", ECDC said.

National | Brno Daily

In a previous article, Brno Daily reported on the increase in domestic violence due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, in a follow-up article, guest contributor Alexandria Wilson McDonald examines the situation in the Czech Republic in more detail, and explains why it is essential that domestic violence is seen in the wider context of gender violence.

National | Expats.cz

Czech scientists claim to have made a breakthrough in the fight against Lyme disease. Researchers from the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Science say that a vaccine against Lyme disease has shown 100% effectiveness in tests. Tests on mice of a new Lyme disease vaccine show promise, but trials on humans still need to take place. The results were published at the beginning of May in NPJ Vaccines, a partner journal of Nature.

National | Radio Prague

A water restoration project from the Czech Republic has been selected among the top 10 nominees for this year's Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the Nobel Prize of water. Created by the association Živá voda, it shows how to retain water in the landscape by renewing the small water cycle.