The coronavirus pandemic may have shut Czech theatres for now but some Prague residents hungry for entertainment have found that watching a live performance can be as easy as grabbing a takeaway. Prague troupe Cirk La Putyka has opened a “Culture Window” at a Prague marketplace building where an audience of up to four outside can watch a five-minute live show of music, acrobatics and dancing inside, while still observing social distancing rules.Continue Reading

Sazka Group and its owner KKCG said on Tuesday funds connected to private equity firm Apollo Global Management had agreed to invest 500 million euros in the Czech-based lottery group. The investment will be made into Sazka Entertainment, a new subsidiary of KKCG that will become the 100% owner of Sazka Group upon closing. The investment will be for merger and acquisition opportunities in Europe and North America.Continue Reading

The Czech Republic reported 7,722 new coronavirus cases for the latest 24-hour period, the third time this month that the daily tally fell below 10,000, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday. Saturday’s daily tally was the lowest since Nov. 1 and brings the total number of cases reported since the outbreak started to 411,220 in the country of 10.7 million.Continue Reading

The Czech parliament’s lower house approved on Friday extending a state of emergency to Nov. 20, as the country has been struggling with surge of coronavirus cases. The state of emergency does not automatically bring any new measures, but creates the legal framework for the government to slap restrictions on people’s movement or operation of businesses.Continue Reading

The Czech economy rebounded by 6.2% in the third quarter from the second, beating expectations, but the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has knocked down forecasts for the rest of the year. The Czech Statistical Bureau said in a flash estimate on Friday that despite the rebound, the economy shrank by 5.8% year-on-year. Analysts in Reuters poll had expected quarterly growth of 5.0% and a 6.9% decline year-on-year.Continue Reading

The Czech Football Association dismissed its referee commission on Monday, including chairman Jozef Chovanec, three days after police raided the FA’S headquarters and other locations around the country and charged 20 people with corruption. Deputy Czech FA chief Roman Berbr, who was among the 20 people charged with match fixing last Friday, handed in his resignation. He is in police custody.Continue Reading