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Czech Republic Announced It Is Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Αssociated Press

A Christmas tree illuminates the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE — The Czech government has announced it is easing measures imposed to contain coronavirus infections.

Sunday’s move was made possible by the falling numbers of new confirmed cases.

Health Minister Jan Blatny says all stores, restaurants and bars can reopen on Thursday while a ban on Sunday’s sales is lifted.

Restaurants can be opened 6 a.m.-10 p.m. with their capacity limited to 50%. Stores and shopping canters still have to limit the number of shoppers.

An overnight curfew and a ban on drinking alcohol in public are also lifted.

Services such as hair salons, fitness centers and gyms are allowed to reopen together with zoo parks, museums and galleries.

The day-to-day increase of new cases reached 2,667 on Saturday.

The country of almost 10.7 million has had 518,649 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 8,054 fatalities.