The Czech government closed most shops, restaurants and pubs today in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The measure, which will be in effect until March 24, does not concern shops selling food and electronics, pharmacies or petrol stations.
"We wanted to stop people from heading to shopping malls," Prime Minister Andrej Babis told reporters, calling on Czechs to show tolerance and solidarity.
Restaurants and pubs will be closed for the same period, the government said in a statement published on its website today.
The Czech Republic has registered 150 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths as of today morning.
On March 13, the government said foreigners would no longer be allowed to cross into the country and Czechs would not be allowed to leave as of March 16.
The government had earlier already closed schools, theatres, cinemas, galleries and museums and banned gatherings of more than 30 people — except for funerals.