The stallholders in the center of Prague are selling. They are in the mode of cultural events, says the mayor
The Christmas markets are banned from Friday evening. “Small vendors in Prague 1 continue to sell in the stands under the regime of cultural events in compliance with all hygienic measures,” Hejma wrote on Saturday, adding that such an event can currently be attended by a maximum of 100 people who keep a safe distance.
“I fully understand the seriousness of the situation, I adhere to all anti-pandemic measures myself and I ask all citizens to do the same. However, I consider the ban on Christmas markets to be a huge nonsense, as farmers’ markets, for example, can continue to operate and we now have a lot of people in shopping centers who have the opportunity to shop here, “said Hejma.
The town of Most, which simply renamed its Christmas markets to winter farms, defined itself similarly to the ban on Friday. Farmers’ markets are still allowed, but it is not possible to consume alcohol or food there.
Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (for YES) described Most’s procedure as circumventing the regulation.
The government resigned with the ban on Thursday. The closure of Advent markets as a measure against the spread of coronavirus ordered from Friday 18:00. The exception is the sale of trees and carp.
The resigned Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (YES) promises higher compensation to traders.
“Operators of Christmas stalls and Advent markets will achieve higher compensation. We are already preparing their parameters with the representatives of the trade unions, we want to have a final agreement on Sunday evening, we will publish it on Monday, “Havlíček wrote on Twitter. According to him, every limited or closed establishment will receive support.
On Thursday of this week, a record 27,928 new infections were detected in the Czech Republic per day. Friday and Saturday numbers were also high, but slightly lower than on the same days last week.
There are about 6,000 people in the hospitals, less than a thousand of them in serious condition. About a hundred infected people die every day.