PRAGUE, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Czech businesses, arts establishments and sports facilities called for state support on Monday, after new restrictions aimed at curbing one of the world’s sharpest spikes in COVID-19 cases were expected to cause further financial pain.
The government has ordered theatres, cinemas and sport and fitness centres to close. Restaurants and pubs, an important part of life in the world’s most beer-thirsty nation, must shut by 8 p.m.
The new measures came as a surprise to some, as the government had pledged not to bring back blanket restrictions.
“From one minute to the next we are out of business, instructors and coaches are out of work, clients are angry,” said Ondrej Kokta, a manager at the Euforie fitness club in Prague.
Some clients said they were confused by the logic of the restrictions coming into force.
“I am angry because there is no public data to