According to the Minister of Industry and Trade, Karel Havlíček, restaurateurs will not have to check whether guests are being tested, vaccinated, or have suffered from Covid-19. The responsibility will be on the customers, who will have to submit a document to a possible inspection. Also, it will be possible to use wi-fi in the gardens of the catering establishments (originally this was prohibited).
Restaurant gardens: reopening
The outdoor areas of gastronomic establishments may reopen from Monday. The condition remains that they will be accessible only to people who have a negative coronavirus test, have been vaccinated, or have suffered from covid-19 in the last 90 days. After an agreement with trade unions, the government adjusted the measures so that the operators will not be obliged to inspect them; they will be carried out by hygienists or the police.
People who have undergone a professionally performed PCR test in the last seven days or an antigen test no later than 72 hours ago will be able to sit in the restaurant gardens. The employer’s confirmation of taking the test at work will be valid, as well as a solemn declaration or a solemn declaration of the legal representative on taking the test at school. It will be possible to perform an approved antigen test for self-testing on site.
In the gardens, they will have to be at least 1.5 meters apart between the tables, and the same distance will have to be from the surroundings, such as the sidewalk. If they are members of the same family, a table can only seat a maximum of four people.
According to Havlíček, the ban on internet connection in gardens and shopping centers, which had previously been a measure of the Ministry of Health, was intended to prevent unnecessary sitting in these places. However, the restaurateurs warned that they needed a connection for operation. In addition, people often use their own data. Wi-fi will also be allowed in shopping malls.