Press Advisories

8. 3. 2021

The government approves bonuses for healthcare and social services workers, new programmes to help entrepreneurs

Doctors and other medical staff in facilities providing inpatient care for patients with Covid-19 will receive up to CZK 75,000 in the form of an extraordinary bonus. Bonuses for working during the epidemic will also be awarded to workers in the non-medical professions and social services. At a meeting on 8 March 2021, Andrej Babiš’s government also approved two new support programmes for entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus crisis in 2021. The allocation for the Antivirus programme will also be increased.

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5. 3. 2021

The Government has imposed the work obligation on pupils and students of medical schools, testing will be mandatory for employees in the public sector

From Monday 8 March, the work obligation is imposed on pupils and students of medical faculties and medical schools who have reached the age of 18. The Government approved the crisis measure, which will enable regional governors and the mayor of Prague to use them for work in medical facilities, at an extraordinary meeting on Friday 5 March 2021. At the same time, the Cabinet also decided to start mandatory blanket testing of employees of public employers.

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3. 3. 2021

The government calls outpatient physicians to arms in the battle against covid-19, obliging them to perform certain duties

From 4 March 2021, the presidents of regions and the mayor of Prague will be able to call outpatient physicians and other health professionals from private medical facilities to hospitals to help cope with the onslaught of coronavirus patients. This will be made possible by the crisis measure on the imposition of work duties, which was approved by Andrej Babiš’s government at an extraordinary meeting on 3 March 2021.

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2. 3. 2021

Employees will be allowed to eat in company canteens provided they keep a safe distance from each other

Babiš’s government approved amendments to several anti-epidemic measures at an extraordinary meeting on 2 March 2021.

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1. 3. 2021

The government will ask the Parliament to increase the compensation for persons in quarantine, employees to face mandatory testing

Quarantined employees could receive a wage compensation equal to one hundred percent of the daily assessment basis for a fortnight. The relevant bill on increasing the income compensation for those in quarantine was approved by Andrej Babiš’s government at a meeting on 1 March 2021. The government also decided to call for more soldiers to help the Police of the Czech Republic and it approved an extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health introducing regular covid-19 testing of employees in companies.

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26. 2. 2021

The government declares state of emergency until 28 March, free movement and retail rules to be tightened from Monday, schools to close again

From Saturday, 27 February, a new state of emergency will apply in the Czech Republic. This was declared by the government for 30 days, i.e. until 28 March, at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, 26 February 2021. At the same time, it has tightened up certain crisis measures and re-confirmed all those that currently apply.

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25. 2. 2021

The government will ask the Chamber of Deputies to extend the state of emergency until the end of March

At an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, 24 February 2021, the government of Andrej Babiš approved a request proposal to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic to extend the state of emergency declared for the territory of the Czech Republic until 31 March. The government also dealt with the proposal for antigenic self-testing of employees in companies and self-employed persons with the financial support of health insurance companies.

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23. 2. 2021

The Government has extended the Antivirus program until the end of April, people will have to wear a respirator or surgical masks in selected places f

From Thursday, people in the Czech Republic will have to wear a respirator or disposable surgical masks in selected public places. The tightening of the extraordinary anti-epidemic measure by the Ministry of Health was approved by the Government of Andrej Babiš at the meeting on Monday, 22 February 2021. It also decided to further extend the Antivirus support program and to provide additional free personal protective equipment for school staff and those at risk of poverty.

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17. 2. 2021

The prime ministers of the V4 countries discussed the fight against Covid-19 and mutual cooperation in Krakow

On Wednesday, 17 February 2021, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš, attended the V4 Summit of Prime Ministers in Krakow, Poland, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Visegrad cooperation. The guest of the summit was the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. The main topics of the meeting included the evaluation of cooperation within the V4, the fight against Covid-19 and cross-border digital projects.

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15. 2. 2021

Government approves draft changes to crisis legislation and pilot project for testing in schools

Cabinet will submit to Parliament three draft changes to the crisis legislation, which respond to experience from the ongoing pandemic crisis. The Andrej Babiš government discussed an amendment to the Constitutional Act on Security of the Czech Republic, a follow-up amendment to the Crisis Act and a proposal for a new Act on Emergency Measures during the COVID-19 Epidemic at its meeting on Monday 15 February 2021.

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