From Monday they will open the system and open some stores. I said that we still could not talk about deconstruction. So when will it happen? On Thursday evening, you were supposed to talk about it with Prime Minister Andrzej Babis and new Health Minister Peter Arrenberger …
This was the first meeting with the Minister of Health, and we agreed on further measures and the creation of a group on behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Health, which will now begin to work intensively. At this stage, we are not yet talking about a disintegration system, but rather about the epidemiological conditions under which the activities will take place.
The minister is new and has to live up to the standards it will be in when things are released. It likely won’t follow the current PES scheme, but it will be easier, similar to last spring. There will be periods between editing steps, which will certainly not be less than 14 days. Then, depending on the situation and the criteria that the Minister of Health’s team needs to define, we will launch specific groups of business, culture or sport.
However, we don’t yet have a specific timeline, in part because we agreed it would be a relatively strong impact on Monday, April 12th. Nearly half a million children were admitted to schools, district closures and the state of emergency, resulting in an even greater degree of freedom. We have to wait at least two weeks to see the consequences.
The stationery and markets will open on Mondays. Are you sure it won’t shut down again soon, like it did after opening before Christmas?
I wouldn’t call it the first wave of dissociation at all. We deliver on what we promised, so we partially opened kindergartens and the first stage of schools in a spinning fashion. It has been discussed in detail with epidemiologists, based on their recommendations and should not be a big problem.
Otherwise, we’ll do practically nothing unless we assume we’re only opening select stores with baby clothes and shoes, which isn’t a pretty big breakup. Only some small stores, which are relatively few, will be able to sell and the range will be expanded in supermarkets. We want to give parents the opportunity to purchase school clothes and equipment for the children.
Likewise, stationery is only a small fraction of the 100,000 stores. Then there are more or less professional services, but these are things that were already in the exceptions before the more difficult shutdown. It’s absolutely incomparable to fall apart.
Now a question about something everyone was solving at the end of last year. How about buying shoes for oversized kids?
We did a little better than we had in the winter. If the child is under 18 years old, then he will be able to purchase shoes of any foot size.
You say there is no timetable. However, what other stores or services can be open the next time and when?
It is something we deal with non-stop now. The indicators of the epidemic must be met, as well as how to separate them in time. Another thing is what will come apart, especially how we integrate the test or vaccination into it.
In our opinion, it is important that we no longer delay small services such as hairdressing and the like, but on the other hand it should be backed up with testing, whether someone brings a PCR test, antigen test or a test that is done on site. It should be on the next wave. We are preparing it now and should start publishing it next week.
Is the test a requirement to enter the facilities?
I am convinced that this is the right direction. Right now I cannot say which institutions will be in existence for sure, but we will try to operate the services so that there is a possibility. Compulsory corporate testing has played a very positive role. It’s not just about 500,000 tests running every day. People learned it, companies ran it, and testing also became a normal part of performance from a psychological point of view. If it starts spreading to stores, it will have more effects.
First, we’ll test some people often. It shouldn’t be a problem, because everyone is used to it. By creating a test system here, we provided a relatively large number of tests that exceeded the demand, and as a result, we were able to lower the price of tests. Today, it can be bought for 70 to 100 kr, even at retail, if you buy a larger one, it is even less than 70 kr. It becomes a natural and inexpensive thing, and I am convinced that this is the path to some services and even culture and sports.
Is it also planned to have free entrance to the vaccination?
In my opinion, it makes sense for us to discuss this matter with the Minister of Health. I think those who have been vaccinated, tested, or recently exposed to the virus could be in a group that could gradually start sharing services. This is what other European countries are doing.
There has been talk of adjusting compliance with testing in companies every five days. Are you still more against it? How will it work?
We’re still not convinced that testing once every five days serves its purpose. We must always look at the impact and cost involved. I’m still waiting for numbers from healthcare professionals to convince us that it will have an even greater impact. So far, it’s pretty self-explanatory on their part. They say that if we test more times, the better.
Today we test on a weekly basis. In the first round, we detected 0.8 percent of those infected, 0.6 percent in the second round, and 0.4 percent in the third round. How far do we go in increasing the frequency of the test? Will it be 0.3%? Against this goes the objective costs.
If it’s twice a week, it’s an extra 500 to 800 million a month. These are big sums, and there are costs for companies that have to pay extra for some of the tests, plus they have to regulate it, and it’s also a cost and some companies may need work.
So the cost is not just the additional expenses mentioned for the health insurance companies, it will actually be much greater. In addition, there is an organizational problem. Some companies cannot do this objectively often. They are actually gradually testing their people daily. Today, the Czech Republic tests on a mandatory basis like anyone in Europe.
Austria tests a lot, for example …
Yes, but Austria creates numbers through children in schools, and us through workers in companies and the public sphere. When we introduce the student test, we will have the largest number in Europe. I ask if at a time when our positivity is dwindling and we see that he works in companies and companies and the authorities are cooperating, whether the taps should continue to be tightened and whether it will have an epidemic impact.
Who controls the companies? Are there cases that some companies do not test?
It is controlled by about 400 people of cleanliness. Checks have already begun. The vast majority of companies have shown that they test responsibly, have all the documents in place. There are companies that have been a certain degree of dissatisfaction, but these are completely isolated cases. These are not issues of a non-experimental nature, but rather a reporting issue.