Eastern Europe

Slovakia and Czech Republic to impose restrictions on unvaccinated

14:25, 19 November 2021
Slovakia and Czech Republic to impose restrictions on unvaccinated

The Slovak government will introduce a lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 as the Czech authorities will tighten restrictions for unvaccinated people.

Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger announced that the "lockdown for the unvaccinated" will be introduced from November 22 for three weeks.

From next Monday, only vaccinated or the persons who have had COVID-19 over the past six months will be able to go to the restaurants, shopping centers, sports facilities, stores selling non-essential goods, and attend mass events. The unvaccinated additionally will have to do tests twice a week to go to work.

The daily growth of COVID-19 in Slovakia was 8,342 new cases of infection while the country's population is 5.5 million people. According to officials, there are only a few hospital beds left in the country for people infected with COVID.

The head of the Czech Health Ministry Adam Vojtech announced that unvaccinated citizens will be denied access to public events, catering, cultural institutions, hairdressers, and hotels.

Before the newly introduced suppression measures, they could visit public facilities providing negative PCR tests but this option has been canceled. The ban does not apply to those who have recently had a coronavirus infection. Unvaccinated also will have to take tests once a week. The daily count of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic soared to 22,511 new cases.

“The situation is serious and we again urge everyone to get vaccinated,” Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis said.

Babis explained that the authorities decided to introduce these requirements following the experience of the German region of Bavaria.

Both countries had vaccination rates below the average among the European Union’s nations.