Schools shut down, large events banned as coronavirus spreads

The new measures introduced by the Czech government will likely disrupt family and public life as all schools are being shut down, and public events hosting more than 100 people are subject to cancellation.

The Czech government is stepping up measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

All elementary schools, secondary schools as well as universities and higher professional schools in the country will be shut down starting Wednesday as a measure to prevent coronavirus spreading. Kindergartens will not be affected by the order.

Large sporting, cultural, civic events hosting more than 100 people were ordered to be canceled.

All 13 CineStar multiplexes in the Czech Republic will be closed, the company announced on their website. Grocery stores, restaurants, and public transportation systems are operating as usual.

The measures will be in place until further notice.

As of today, more than forty cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the Czech Republic.

Additional emergency measures might take place if “necessary to take,” Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stated on Tuesday.