In the Czech Republic, after an emergency of midnight on Sunday, the state of emergency ends after 132 days. What will be next? The government discussed further steps with regional governors and the mayor of Prague. There are three variants in the game. A new state of emergency for the entire Czech Republic, which will be declared by the government if the governors request it. End the state of emergency with a package of restrictive measures issued by the Ministry of Health and other authorities. And in the afternoon, the prime minister came up with the idea that it would be possible to declare a state of emergency only in those regions that requested it. The governors eventually agreed to extend the state of emergency by two weeks, but on the condition that the government lift some, in their view, meaningless restrictions. What will apply? Watch the live broadcast of the prime minister’s press conference. It was announced at 20:00, but the meeting is dragging on.
After Friday’s meeting with representatives of the regions, the prime minister stated that the only solution was for the governors to ask the cabinet to declare a state of emergency. “As governors, we are prepared for responsibility, but this is a systemically incorrect solution, especially at a time when we are dealing with a pandemic, which is nothing new and lasts for many months, “said the head of the Association of Regions of Cuba today.
The governors were not united in asking the government to declare a state of emergency. Before the meeting, it was mainly those representing the government’s YES and the CSSD, while some governors from the opposition parties were preparing to declare a state of danger in their regions. Governor Kuba said today that not all measures are tied to the duration of the state of emergency and will continue to apply.
Shortly after the meeting, however, the Governor of Liberec, Martin, appeared on Czech Television Půta (STAN), who stated that the governors were ready to request a state of emergency for another 14 days. “We are ready to request a new state of emergency for a limited time, we talked about two weeks. This is mainly because of the government was able to discuss a new pandemic law with the parliamentary parties in the Chamber of Deputies, which should address the situation in the long term, “ he added.
But they condition it about reassessing the night curfew, opening service outlets and smaller shops and returning children to school as soon as possible, said the governor.
Babiš said on Saturday afternoon that the state of emergency after Sunday could only apply in regions that ask the government to do so. He hopes, however, that the Cabinet will ask all governors to declare a state of emergency so that different measures do not apply in different parts of the republic. For example, the governor of Pardubice, Martin Netolický (ČSSD; elected for 3PK), stated on Friday that he might request an emergency, and today he called on the regions to take a unified approach and submit a joint proposal to the government. “It is not possible for one measure to apply somewhere in the country and another elsewhere,” he said.
The third option is the end of the state of emergency, which was refused to be extended by deputies on Thursday, and the government did not even get the votes of the Communists for the proposal, on which it had long relied. In the event of an end to the state of emergency, the Ministry of Health could issue a series of measures to regulate the operation of a sector that cannot be completely banned. They would open shops, services such as hairdressers or swimming pools and fitness.
Source: Blesk.cz by www.blesk.cz.
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