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Mandatory Covid-19 testing of public office staff



Rules and recommendations

Ministry of Health obliges public employers to test their employees for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Who and when?

A) Public employers with 50 and more employees

  • By the 10th of March 2021, employers are obliged to secure Covid tests (POC antigen tests or self-testing kits) for their employees at least once a week.
  • By 17th of March 2021, employers are to secure that only employees with negative Covid test (PCR, antigen, or other preventive tests) result are allowed to work at a workplace.

B) Public employers with less than 50 employees

  • By the 23rd of March 2021, employers are obliged to secure Covid tests (POC antigen tests or self-testing kits) for their employees at least once a week.
  • By 17th of March 2021, employers are to secure that only employees with negative Covid test (PCR, antigen, or other preventive tests) result are allowed to work at a workplace.

Since March 9, 2021, there is an obligation for employers using employee self-testing to set up and maintain the records of carried out tests.

The obligation of staff to undergo testing

If the employee is not present on testing day at a workplace, his/her preventive testing will be carried out on the day of his arrival at the workplace.

If the employee performs work exclusively outside the office/standard workplace within a seven-day period, the employer shall allow him to také a preventive test outside the office/workplace (e. g. in a healthcare institution). This does not apply to home office-based workers.

The employee must be able to prove the validity of the covid test by the certificate issued by the healthcare institution.

The decree is binding not only for regular staff but also for agency workers and other contract types.

Exceptions

There is a valid exception for employees that recovered from Covid-19 in the last 90 days, fully vaccinated individuals (final dose administered at least 14 days ago) not exhibiting any symptoms. If you meet these conditions, you must be able to also prove it.

Mandatory testing is not intended for home office based workers.

On a behalf of the Czech Government, we would like to ask you to use home office working as much as possible. For example, administrative positions and non-essential workers for the operation of the workplace are asked to use the possibility of remote working in the following three weeks. Home office working is one of the most effective ways how to decrease mobility and consequently stop the virus spreading.

Affected workplaces

The decree of the Ministry of Health applies to state authorities and institutions, and organizations related to them – public universities, public offices, security and armed forces. The decree does not apply to the schools except mentioned public universities.

What to do when an employee has been tested positive  

If any employee tested positive, he or she is asked to proceed according to the decree described in the life situation Employee self-testing and undergo confirmatory RT-PCR test immediately. PCR test request will be issued by the healthcare institution. The request should include employer ID and the fact of confirmatory nature of the test.

 

Ministry of Industry and Trade together with the Ministry of Health recommends using self-testing kits mainly with respect to increased demand for testing in sampling points. The government supports using self-testing kits by subvention of 60 CZK per test per employee/freelancer (subvention limit is 4 tests per month per employee/freelancer).

The list of antigen self-testing kit suppliers, FAQs and other relevant information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. We also recommend visiting the instructions „How to self-test yourself in 10 steps“.

Guidelines on how to treat the self-testing kits can be found on the Ministry of the Environment websites.

Complex information about mandatory Covid testing of staff can be found in the presentation of the Ministry of Health.