The staff of the cafes in Prague checked the infectivity, apologized somewhere
Updates: 11/1/2021 7:43 PM
Released: 1.11.2021, 10:26
Prague / Brno / Ostrava – According to the findings of the Czech News Agency, the staff of the Prague cafés today mostly carefully checked the infectivity certificate. Somewhere the staff apologized for this request. Some businesses have posted information since early November requiring proof of vaccination, illness or a negative test for covid-19. Customers knew about the new measure that they usually had no problem proving it. In addition, there were restaurants, the visiting staff did not check the guests at all, or just asked them if they had a document.
All guests who wanted to sit down for a snack at Cafedu Cafe today were welcomed by staff near the National Museum if they wish to submit a confirmation. A communication about the new measure was also issued in the café. “The regulation applies to consumption on the spot, so we do not have information right at the door, but only at the entrance to the seating area,” the owner of the café, Adam Pejsar, told ČTK. According to him, the fact that it is unattended at the table may require a slight extension of the check-in time. According to Pejsar, none of the guests had a problem with proving the document in the first two hours or so. So far, according to him, it is difficult to estimate whether the measure will affect visitors. However, according to him, the clients are young people, university students, for whom he does not expect complications. On the contrary, I think guests will now feel safer.
Confirmation of vaccination, illness or test also required service at the Costa Coffee in the Quadrio shopping center on Národní třída. Customers, including foreigners, have proven themselves. Most of the tables in the cafe were full in the morning. The document and the staff of the on-site café requested Starbucks on Jungmann Square. The staff was obviously uncomfortable with the confirmation required and apologized for it.
In the Myšák café on Vodičková Street, all guests had to confirm themselves at the table with a confirmation. Those who used the Dot application submitted a QR code, which the staff on their device read and checked. If the test is documented, the waitress checked whether it was a PCR or antigen test and made sure that it did not exceed the validity of the collection.
The certificate of non-infectiousness also required the staff to serve at the Sweetbar Café in Liben. The waitress read and checked the QR code when submitting the Dot application. The restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere in the afternoon, but most guests took coffee and desserts with them.
However, not all companies in the capital have complied with the new government measures. Proof of infectivity of customers was not checked, for example, in the Vinohradský Burger Bar restaurant in the wider center of Prague. No one asked the ČTK editor or other incoming customers for lunch before lunch. However, when asked, she stated that most customers check. “We check it sometimes, people show it to us, but as new, you don’t think about it that often. We get used to it,” the waitress said.
The restaurant had a petition for the Open Czech-Chcípl PES movement to be signed this spring during the closures, when it was only able to serve food through a dispensing window due to a government order. At the time, it was asking the government to open restaurants and other businesses. The initiative said today that about 400 restaurants will not comply with the check on the infectivity of guests.
However, the inconsistent control of customers in the Vinohrady Burger Bar is not related to this protest, but the waiter is not in a position to verify everything. “We placed the petition here, but it did not pay off because of the high fine,” he added.
There was a warning on the door of the Dejvická sokolovna restaurant that guests had to present proof of vaccination or to sit the test automatically at the table. “Thank you for helping us, we did not invent it and the staff is not enthusiastic about this duty,” the leaflet states. The staff on the spot checked the ČTK newsletter. But two people had already left the restaurant, according to the services, because they thought he was making fun of them.
A few blocks away in a restaurant in Pilsen, some guests were asked if they really had the tests, but she hadn’t checked them anymore. He didn’t even ask another customer.
The validity of the tests has changed since today. The PCR test can be used instead of seven days only three days after collection, but the antigen test is valid for 72 hours one day. As of today, people do not have preventive tests covered by public health insurance.
According to the information on the door, Brno restaurants require proof of infectivity from customers, but practically in none of the three cases of the ČTK newsletter did anyone check before lunch. In two cases, the staff asked if they had the required document, but all they had to do was nod in agreement. In the third company, no one even asked the customers. The restaurant is thus satisfied mainly with the fact that there is a text at the entrance stating that customers without a document are not allowed to enter or that the staff is checking them inside.
“And you have proof of vaccination or test, don’t you?” the waitress in the Merry Tea Room asked. After nodding in agreement, when asked if she wanted to see him, she said it was not necessary. The inspection was carried out in the same way in the U zlatého meče restaurant. Nobody even asked in the vegan dining room on Panská Street.
As of today, the restaurant is required to check with customers that they have been vaccinated against coronavirus or that they have a valid negative test or that they have undergone covid-19 in the last six months. The reason for this tightening is the very rapid spread of the virus. The number of positive tests has reached around 5,000 a day in recent days and is still higher. Hospitals are filling up even faster than the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic assumed in the pessimistic scenario at the beginning of October. According to him, 1,200 people were to be hospitalized now, but there are over 1,500.
The same controls have previously been introduced by neighboring countries, where they are facing a similar increase in disease. However, the situation in restaurants has not changed in recent weeks. Few people come to it with a respirator and few hosts move around the restaurant with it. Whereas in the past, however, the staff often resigned to protect the respiratory tract, today waiters and waitresses wore respirators without exception.
Hygienists have also announced that they will carry out more frequent inspections and enforce government regulations.
People who want to order a lunch menu in one of the restaurants in the center of Ostrava probably have no chance without proving infectivity. In all companies that visited ČTK today, the staff required the guests to present a certificate of vaccination against covid-19, a certificate of illness or a negative test. Guests usually have no problem with confirmation.
From today, pubs and restaurateurs must check the documents on the infectivity of guests by a government decision. The validity of the tests has also changed from today: the PCR test can be used instead of seven days only three days after collection, the antigen test is valid instead of 72 hours one day. As of today, people do not have preventive tests covered by public health insurance.
In the 2 Promile restaurant, they check on the guest when they order something. They also use the ČTečka application for mobile phones. “People accept it. Some may be grumpy, but we didn’t invent it, and we won’t do anything about it,” the waitress said.
In the Radegastovna restaurant on the central Masaryk Square, guests are checked before ordering. “There are people who are leaving. Unfortunately. Take the test and come, we’ll be happy to see you,” the waitress said.
At the HogoFogo bistro, guests who have no confirmation are offered the opportunity to purchase a test. “But it costs 110 crowns. So far, all people have confirmed it to us today,” the waitress said.
Guests of the Naproti Milk Bar, where disabled people also work, must also prove that they are infectious. The company therefore asks visitors for leniency. “The social company Mléčný bar Naproti was established to employ people with disabilities in the provision of quality gastronomic services. on all tables.
The Ministry of Health is fined up to three million crowns for violating an extraordinary measure. Regional hygiene stations and the police can control its compliance.