Czech Parliament’s lower house reject emergency extension

People ride pedal boats on the Vltava river following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Prague, Czech Republic

The lower house of the Czech Parliament has rejected a requested extension of a state of emergency, posing a serious obstacle for the government’s pandemic response in the hard-hit country.

The opposition says the current lockdown isn’t working and accuses the minority government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis of not doing enough for those hurt by the restrictions.

As a result, the state of emergency will end this week. Bars, restaurants and cafes can reopen Monday, and a nighttime curfew and ban on more than two people gathering in public will be cancelled.

The government can use other legislation to reimpose some but not all measures.

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