The Czech Republic has joined other countries around the world in suspending flights from the UK following the detection there of a more infectious variant of the coronavirus. A negative test will not suffice for those who do manage to make it from the UK – they must enter quarantine, says Prague.
The repeated closure of hotels and restaurants due to anti-coronavirus measures, along with the absence of foreign tourists, continue to negatively impact alcohol sales on the Czech market. Sales of spirits in from January through October fell by 38 percent in annual terms, according to recent data.
Museums and galleries in the Czech Republic will have to close on Friday as the country tightens its coronavirus restrictions. However, three major exhibitions, showcasing unique loans from abroad, have been given an exemption by the Ministry of Culture. The decision has evoked sharp reactions from other gallerists, who call it unfair.
Czech Railways says its losses this year could reach up to CZK 5 billion. The estimated losses have been deepened by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the second half of the year, when, like other operators, Czech Railways cancelled dozens of routes and saw a major fall-off in passenger numbers.
The hectic run-up to Christmas is now linked to an anniversary that makes Czechs slow down and reflect on the important values in life – the death of playwright, dissident and president Václav Havel nine years ago, on December 18, 2011. Václav Havel was a moral authority for Czechs as he re-moulded the role of president and led the country in the transition from a totalitarian regime to a Western-style democracy. Increasingly people are now looking to the philosophical legacy he left behind.