One of the Czech Republic’s most-highly respected film festivals – the
Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště – has been postponed by will go
ahead under strict hygienic conditions to contain the spread of
Festival director Radana Korená announced on Friday the 46th edition will take place from August 7 to 12, two weeks later than usual. Apart from limiting seating to adhere to social-distancing rules, she said some films will be shown at a drive-in cinema, for the first time.
About 4,500 people were accredited for last year’s Summer Film School featured over 200 films, as well as concerts, debates, shows and debates. Korená said the number of festival guests and visitors from abroad who can attend this year remains uncertain.
The interiors of restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and discos due to
reopen on May 25, must be closed between 11pm to 6am, Minister of Health
Adam Vojtěch told a press conference on Friday. Events with up to 300
people will also be allowed, he said, both at indoor and outdoor venues.
Facemasks will still be required apply in interior spaces, but mouth-nose protection may be removed while eating and drinking at the table.
Vojtěch said the restrictions reflect the degree of uncertainty as to the future development of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic and the results of measures taken abroad to contain the spread of Covid-19.
When nightclubs reopened in South Korea there was a spike in infections, and in such spaces social-distancing measures are difficult to keep, Vojtěch said. The Ministry of Health may set restrictions on operating hours and events after the state of emergency ends on May 18.
The Czech Tennis Association (ČTS) is holding a spectatorless charity
tournament to raise funds to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis,
with the first round set for May 26-28 at the Sparta Prague tennis club.
Among the Czech stars due to play in the association’s President’s Cup tournament are Karolína Plíšková, currently no. 3 in the WTA rankings, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová, in the no. 13 spot, and Jiří Veselý, now at no. 66 in the ATA rankings.
The President’s Cup will be among the first major sports events to be held following a scheduled relaxation of anti-coronavirus measures. Matches will be broadcast live on Czech Television and streamed online. The format could change, as events with up to 300 people will be allowed again as of May 25.
Other players set to compete in the women’s bracket include Barbora Strýcová, Karolína Muchová, Barbora Strýcová, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková. In the men’s group are also Lukáš Rosol, Jonáš Forejtek, Zdeněk Kolář, Vít Kopřiva, Tomáš Macháč, Michael Vrbenský and Jiří Lehečka.
From January through April, 20,000 people started businesses in the Czech
Republic while some 46,000 suspended them, and another 11,500 scrapped
their trade licences.
According to the Czech Credit Bureau (CRIF), two-thirds of interrupted or ceased their activities before the coronavirus crisis began, and one-third in the past two months.
Businesses for which remote ‘home office’ work is not possible were among the hardest hit, including in the tourism, accommodation, wellness and recreation sectors, bars and restaurants, and hairdressers.
Czech economic growth dropped by 2.2 percent year on year in January
through March and by 3.6 percent quarter on quarter, a preliminary Czech
Statistical Office estimate shows. It marks the steepest decline since the
2009 global financial crisis.
The results were significantly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic and the associated restrictive measures. In addition to a significant reduction in foreign demand, corporate investment and household consumption also feel.
Czech National Bank Governor Jiří Rusnok told CNN Prima News the preliminary data confirmed the bank’s outlook for the economy.
Analysts expected a similar development due to coronavirus-related restrictions introduced in mid-March. In the last quarter of 2019, GDP grew by 2 percent year on year and rose by 0.5 percent quarter on quarter.
Photon Energy NV, an international solar power company with Czech roots,
plans to move to the main markets of the Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges.
The company said it would not raise any funds or issue any new shares in connection with the admission. Its shares are currently traded on the secondary markets of the Prague and Warsaw bourses.
The Prague Stock Exchange trade volume fell by CZK 22.5 billion to CZK 120 billion last year, its lowest level since 1994.
The Slovak singer-songwriter Miro Žbirka, long resident in Prague, is
staging a concert on Thursday near Vinohrady Hospital to thank nurses,
doctors and other medical personnel for their hard work.
Since the coronavirus crisis, Žbirka has performed online concerts followed by more than 450,000 people. The 67-year-old singer stressed that the Vinohrady concert was also a personal thank you, as the hospital has treated him several times.
The Czech music industry’s annual Anděl awards named Žbirka male Singer of the Year in 2019.
Czech municipalities have cancelled thousands of investment projects for a
total of 8.4 billion crowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, an Association
of Cities and Towns (SMO) survey shows.
This survey of 382 local authorities published on Thursday further shows that 23,000 other projects totalling 27.6 billion crowns have been postponed.
During the survey presentation on Thursday, SMO representatives criticized the government’s plan to make the municipalities pay part of compensation being paid to affected entrepreneurs. A related bill is now before the Senate.