Hairdressers to Reopen on May 3

Hairdressers in the Czech Republic are reopening for business, along with pedicures, manicures, spas, and rehabilitation centers on Monday, May 3.

Clients have to show a negative test – either PCR or antigenic – in order to have their hair done.

Antigen tests are valid for 72 hours after collection, PCR tests for seven days. Those who already have had the virus, have access to the services for 90 days from the first confirmed test, as well as people who have a vaccination certificate.

The Czech government will allow the reopening of all shops, markets, and selected cultural facilities from May 3. The minister of industry and trade, Karel Havlíček, said such changes could occur if the number of cases fell to below 100 per 100,000 inhabitants weekly.

The government has also recently presented a six-stage plan for a gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The plan is based around six so-called “easing packages”, or stages of re-opening. The first has been in force since April 12 and included, for example, the reopening of selected shops, farmers’ markets and zoos. For stage three to come into force there will have to be fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people over a period of seven days. For stage four to be activated the number of cases will have to lie at 75 within the same period. For stage five it will have to be 50 cases and for stage six 25.

Latest statistics

The health ministry recorded 1,305 and 820 new COVID-19 infections, respectively, on Saturday and Sunday, down from 1,521 and 833 cases over the previous weekend.

The official death toll has risen to 29,002, increasing by 82 on the weekend, which also includes revisions to previous days, according to ministry data.

Of the more than 900,000 who have received both COVID-19 vaccine shots, 2,993 have been infected after the second shot.

Of those, 1,414 were infected more than two weeks after the second shot while 127 had a serious case, according to Institute of Health Information and Statistics data.


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