Those who oppose anti-pandemic measures imposed by the Czech government gathered in the hundreds on Sunday to demonstrate against what they call “the deployment of totalitarianism.” Starting at Wenceslas Square and Palackého Náměstí, protesters then migrated to Můstek where they consolidated before marching through Old Town Square and across the Mánes Bridge to Klárov.  The crowds grew to sizes not recommended by the Ministry of Health as bystanders were encouraged to join with a “come with us” chant. Czech flags, Slovak flags, and banners with defiant phrases on them decorated the march. Skeptical of having a vaccine forced on him, one man held a banner that said “Pokud my, tak vy první!” (If we have to, then you first!)  ManyContinue Reading

As the coronavirus crisis deepens thousands of people are desperate for advice on how best to resolve their personal problems. One of the people out there who is working hard to help Czechs survive the crisis is writer, lawyer and former justice minister, Daniela Kovářová, who set up a Corona-helpline for the public in the spring.Continue Reading

On Thursday, restaurants, cafes, shops and other services (hairdressing salons, manicure, massage, etc.) reopened as Czechia entered the third level of PES. While there are already thousands of reservations to restaurants for the upcoming days, businesses shared how they will be dealing with a flood of customers. Currently, the most populated areas are hairdressing salons where people queue long before the opening hours. They are followed by beauty salons and stores with Christmas decorations, as well as cafes and restaurants. In restaurants, where the maximum capacity to be filled is 50%, almost all tables are reserved and some are already fully booked for Christmas. “We have a lot of reservations for Friday and Saturday, but tables for only four peopleContinue Reading

The Prime Minister Andrej Babiš rejected the Minister of Health, Jan Blatný’s, proposal to monitor the phones of those citizens who tested positive for COVID-19. Jan Blatny proposed to the central office of the State Hygiene Service to be able to access the location data of the infected citizens from mobile operators. The data from up to three weeks ago should be provided and then reported to the Deputy Minister of Health. Apart from that, the minister also suggested being able to close universities and shops without the state of emergency in place. Currently, closing shops and many other restrictions including the anti-epidemic PES system are only possible under the state of emergency. Yet, the proposal to monitor the phonesContinue Reading