Freedom of movement in Czechia restricted

All people in Czechia can now move around only for pressing reasons of work, health, resupply or other extenuating necessity.

Military personnel performing a roadside medical check | Photo courtesy of the Army of the Czech Republic

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has announced the most stringent restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in the entire existence of the country.

Following countries such as Italy, Spain, and Austria, the people inside the Czech Republic are required to remain at their place of residence at all times unless reasons of work, health, resupply, or other such necessity.

Driving schools, hotels, and all other types of accommodation services are a new addition to the list of sites that are closed. Ridesharing services such as Uber or Bolt will no longer be allowed to operate.

Resident parking zones are not to be enforced.

The new measures will take effect starting from Monday, March 16th, and last until March 24th.

Even though not a single death has been recorded in the Czech Republic in connection to the coronavirus yet, the strain of strict restrictions is an attempt to combat the outbreak, to help the health-care sector grapple with the virus’s growth.

Currently, the number of confirmed cases in the country increased to 293. There are two people in serious condition, and over 5,000 people have been quarantined.

More than 2,000 soldiers and 400 customs agents will be tasked to join the police enforcing the orders, ensuring the safety and health of citizens.