The Central Crisis Staff, which is leading the official Czech response to
Covid-19, will recommend that the government lift a ban on leaving the
Czech Republic from April 14. However, people will only be allowed to exit
the country in justified cases, the head of the Central Crisis Staff, Jan
Hamáček, told reporters on Monday.
The country’s borders would remain closed under such a change, Mr. Hamáček, who is also interior minister, said, adding that selected frontier crossings would continue to operate. Anybody who leaves the country will need to go into quarantine if they return.
A prohibition (with exceptions) on residents of the Czech Republic leaving and on foreigners entering the country is due to run until April 12. A ban on travel to “risk” states entered into effect on March 14; two days later it was extended to all countries.
A group of activists protested against the practice of Airbnb at the weekend, holding a three-day-long brainstorm on how to tackle the phenomenon of short-term letting platforms which many believe is hollowing out organic neighbourhoods in the centre. They were joined by Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, who revealed details about a new City Hall plan for tougher regulations.
One of the most frequent woes of foreign tourists in the Czech Republic is being ripped off when changing money. The Czech National Bank has just revoked the licences of three currency exchange offices in central Prague for violating their obligations under a 2019 amendment to the Foreign Exchange Act. So how much has the situation actually improved since the new regulations protecting clients went into force? A question for journalist Janek Rubeš who exposes Prague scams in his Honest Guide videos.
Prague’s Václav Havel Airport last year handled a record 17.8 million
passengers, which is an increase of one million year-on-year. The most
frequent destination was London.
The growing trend in passenger numbers is expected to continue this year, which will stretch the airport’s capacity to the limit.
Passenger numbers have been growing steadily since 2013. Last year’s 6 percent increase has exceeded the airport’s expectations which were at around 4 percent.
The growth is due to more direct links to exotic holiday destinations as well as more connections to the most frequented European cities.
Thousands of people descended on Czech ski resorts at the weekend, despite
the mild weather and lack of natural snow. Technical snow has enabled
resorts to operate their main slopes, especially in higher altitudes, and
in some places trails were also available to cross-country skiers.
The Ski resort Černá hora - Pec hosted about 15,000 skiers at the weekend, Špindleruv Mlýn welcomed 11,000 people.
Meteorologists expect mild weather throughout the week and even long-term forecasts predict above zero temperatures during daytime hours until mid-February.
Prague police have detained a 38-year-old man suspected of raping and
robbing a 56-year-tourist on Christmas Day.
The man had approached the woman in the Palmovka district early on December 25 with an offer to help her find the bus to her hotel. When crossing through a park, he forced her at knifepoint to perform oral sex.
Police had circulated a CCTV image of the suspect, who was apprehended in Prague 8 thanks to an anonymous caller. They say he has previously been convicted of a violent crime.