PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is further tightening restrictive measures amid a new surge in coronavirus infections.
Health Minister Jan Blatny says all businesses except those selling essential goods such as food and medicine will have to shut on Sunday.
Ski resorts will also close while public gatherings of more than two people will be banned. The ban extends to indoor sports activities and cultural events. A night-time curfew will begin two hours earlier, from 11:00 pm to 9:00pm.
All schools will close and return to remote teaching as of Jan. 4. Only at first and second grade primary school kids will be allowed back into classrooms..
The daily increase in new coronavirus infections reached 10,821 confirmed cases on Tuesday, the highest number since Nov. 6. TOverall, the country of 10.7 million had 646,312 cases with 10,664 deaths.