We suppose that you have followed the news, but just in case that some of you have not, here is a short update on what is currently happening in the Czech Republic while we are trying to limit / stop the spread of the new Coronavirus/COVID-19 disease – as per the decisions of the Czech Government from Mach 23, 2020:
1) The quarantine measures in the Czech Republic are prolonged until April 1, 2020 (and might be again prolonged then)
2) The shops, restaurants and bars remain closed. The main exceptions are: grocery stores, pharmacies and drug stores.
3) The shopping hours which are meant solely for elderly people (and when you won’t be allowed into the shops) are now moved to 8-10 a.m.
4) You are to wear face masks or cover your mouth and nose e.g. by a scarf anytime when you go into a public space
5) There will be further limitations on tram and bus services – they will go less frequently and only until 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.
6) No gatherings are allowed; keep to ideally max. 5 people
7) Please, stay at home as much as possible and when going outside, remember to keep a distance to the others of 2 meters.
We understand that some of you think this is very strict, but we follow these rules so that we can protect us all against the otherwise very fast spreading disease.
These days we have been joined in these measures even by those nations which were postponing the introduction of the protective steps, such as the United Kingdom or Germany. In both of these countries the Prime Ministers asked for max. 2 people meetings outside of a family – we are less strict than that, but, please, do not misuse it!
See e.g. the speech Mr. Boris Johnson delivered today, on March 23, 2020 in the evening, to compare the protective measures:
Our problem is exactly the same as Mr. Johnson says about the UK – if we cannot limit the spreading of the disease to the minimum, our hospitals simply won’t be able to provide the intensive care for the critical patients (no matter if with COVID-10 or e.g. a heart attack or appendicitis) as we do not have enough beds with the intensive care equipment available.
A most cordial THANK YOU for respecting this and protecting all of us while following these strict rules!
If anyone of you wishes to help in this time of world-wide crisis by volunteering work, here are some options (published earlier today):
Please, offer your help to elderly or hospitals only if you know you can be really strict with the social distancing otherwise, so that we can ensure that our help here won’t mean the opposite.
There is also still a big demand on cotton fabric face masks, if you can sew some for the retirement and social care homes. The masks are to be delivered to the main building of Charles University, Ovocný trh 3, Praha 1, daily 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. There is a collection box just behind the entrance.
Finally as to when the university might reopen:
the schools will be reopened as one of the last steps when withdrawing the protective measures.
If all goes well, we might be able to step down in the protective measures after Easter holidays.
The schools (including universities) are currently not expected to reopen for frontal teaching up until the end of May.
Our offices will most likely work primary on home office basis at least until Easter.
Charles University Rector, Prof. Tomas Zima, has announced that if necessary, the summer semester can be prolonged until July (we can prolong your admissions until then).
Note, however, that should any of you decide to leave the country for now, you might not be allowed to come back until late summer (or even later). Czech people have already been forewarned that this year’s summer vacation would need to be taken in the Czech Republic and not abroad most likely.
We guarantee online teaching for as long as the university remains closed for frontal (face to face) teaching.
We cannot guarantee the online exams, though – be therefore careful when possibly interrupting your studies here to return back home and check with your teachers if they are willing/able to provide this option. Alternatively, check with your home university if the teachers there would be willing to examine you instead.
Published 25.3.2020 8:45