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State of Emergency



State of Emergency

The state of emergency is one of the extraordinary measures of the Constitutional Act on the Security of the Czech Republic. It is announced by the government.

One of the cases in which the government can declare a state of emergency is in the situation when there is a dangerous or significant threat to our lives or health. And this is the current case.

The government can declare a state of emergency for a maximum of 30 days. However, this situation may be extended with the prior consent of the Chamber of Deputies.

The state of emergency ends with the expiration of the period for which it was declared or with a decision to cancel it. The Government or the Chamber of Deputies can cancel the state of emergency.

Crisis measures

These are measures intended to eliminate or ease the consequences of these difficult times.

The implementation of a crisis measure can restrict certain rights and freedoms and impose specific obligations. Crisis measures may be issued by the government in the event of a declared state of emergency based on the law on Crisis Management and on the Amendment of Certain laws (Crisis Act).

The last state of emergency ended on April 11th, 2021. Even during a state of emergency, individual measures may change, for example, when the government decides to move from one level of PES (anti-epidemic system of the Czech Republic) to another. You can see the validity of the measures below, but the government may have already issued measures that have not yet taken effect. If you feel confused by this legislative process or are looking for specific information, please visit our Current Measures section. For each measure separately, its validity is listed there, and you can also view measures that will take effect in the future. If you do not want to read all the information in legal language, look at Life Situations, where we interpret the measures based on practical examples in understandable language.


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Frequent questions about this topic

Does the state of emergency mean restrictions on free movement?
Is it possible to go to school during the state of emergency?