Published May 22, 2020, 10:08 PM
Czech health authorities believe the spread of the new coronavirus is under control despite a tick-up in cases in recent days, as the country prepares to open pubs, hotels and relax mask-wearing rules on Monday.
The Czech Republic took early action in March to close borders, schools and much of the services sector and has also been eager to relax many of the restrictions.
Most retail and sports grounds have already reopened and from Monday public events for up to 300 people will be allowed and swimming pools and schools will reopen.
Health Minister Adam Vojtech said an initial easing of restrictions from May 11 had not had an adverse effect.
“There are no negative trends noted, it is