Mass events are divided according to risk of infection. What measures apply where?

More people allowed when meals and beverages are banned.

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Hygienists have issued a new ordinance that defines how mass events might be organised. The maximum limits of visitors are set depending on the risk level of events. The rules are valid as of January 12.

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Low-risk events

  • participants' nose and mouth covered with an FFP2 respirator
  • consumption of meals and beverages banned
  • all participants must be seated
  • no singing and cheering

Conditions:

  • only vaccinated and recovered people allowed
  • maximum 50 percent of capacity or maximum 100 visitors

Example:

Cinema without consumption of food and beverages, masses without singing and theatre without refreshments.


Medium-risk events

  • participants' nose and mouth covered with an FFP2 respirator
  • fixed seating or standing

Conditions:

  • only vaccinated and recovered people allowed
  • maximum 25 percent of capacity or maximum 100 visitors

Example:

Cinema with consumption of food and beverages, sports events with spectators, masses with singing


High-risk events

  • mass event in restaurants, cafés, bars
  • other mass events which are not low- or medium-risk event

Conditions:

  • only vaccinated and recovered people allowed
  • maximum 20 visitors
  • mandatory list of participants with the above telephone or email contacts in case of epidemiological investigation - the organiser is obliged to keep the list for two weeks after the end of the event and then destroy the list

Example:

Parties, celebrations, weddings, funerals, discos, etc.

Note: Wedding ceremonies, including civil and baptism ceremonies, can be under the OTP mode without capacity restrictions. Funeral ceremonies are under the basic regime (no checking of test, vaccination or recovery) and there are no capacity restrictions.

Mass events in some categories also have special rules as set by hygienists. These are the following:

Professional sports competition and training

  • mandatory testing of players and members of the organisation team who are not vaccinated, neither recovered (means not just the OP regime applies for them)

Other sports competitions and training for people older than 18

  • only for vaccinated and recovered
  • maximum 100 people

Mass events for children and youth under 18

  • maximum 100 people
  • OTP regime (vaccinated, recovered, tested): also means people with negative RT-PCR test or LAMP test no older than 72 hours or antigen test no older than 48 hours are allowed. A negative result of a test taken at home for the purpose of schooling is also allowed.

(Example: training for children, cultural events for children, etc.)

Cultural events

  • prevent physical interaction with the audience
  • create zones for individual ensembles so interaction is minimal

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