A Christmas tree is illuminated as the traditional Christmas market has been cancelled at the Old Town Square in Prague due to COVID-19 concerns, Czech Republic, November 28, 2020.
REUTERS/David W CernyPRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government will allow restaurants and non-essential shops to reopen on Thursday, Dec. 3, as a wave of coronavirus infections eases, Health Mister Jan Blatny said on Sunday.
The country will move down one notch to level 3 on its 5-level coronavirus risk scale, which means all shops and restaurants can open but must limit customer numbers to allow for social distancing.
“The shorter the period stores are open before Christmas, the higher the concentration of people would be in shops,” he told a news conference.
The daily number of new cases dropped below 5,000 in six out of the past seven days.
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