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Zoos and botanical gardens will open from April 12, as confirmed by the Minister of Industry and Trade, Karel Havlíček. The Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček suggested that stores, services, and outdoor gardens of restaurants might open by the end of April. However, the particular schedule is not settled yet.  Zoos and botanical gardens will be allowed to fill up 20 percent of their capacity. They have been closed since the end of December. Previously, the Prague Zoo reported huge losses in the budget, which will allow it to survive only until the end of April. Hamáček confirmed the Prime Minister’s words about the state of emergency: there’s no plan to extend it, and the ban on movement andRead more.

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Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček said a gradual relaxation of restrictions starting in the next few weeks is in the cards when appearing on CNN Prima NEWS. First on the list is to get children back in school, which is happening for the youngest primary students on April 12. Then, Hamáček says “there should be a relaxation in the gardens, shops and sports. A number of activities will gradually start to be allowed.”  He also hinted that children’s clothing stores will be open in the foreseeable future, saying “I can’t give the exact date, but a rough estimate is probably at the turn of April and May.” However, the Czech official says that masks and respirators will probably stay withRead more.

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Amid big rallies in the Prague real estate market, a 2+kk apartment is about 1,000 CZK less per month today than it was last year, according to data from RE/MAX.  Despite the slump in rent prices, real estate developers are constructing new apartments and homes with the express purpose of renting them, rather than selling them. Tomáš Wildt of investment firm Vihorev Group told CNN Prima that while Czechs traditionally preferring to own their own homes more than people in other countries, the younger generations are changing that. “It is still true that Czechs prefer to own their own apartments. We have a different nature than for example the Germans or other Europeans where renting is a common thing thatRead more.