May has marked a turning point in the easing of quarantine measures and restrictions. After a strict quarantine, Western Europe is gradually returning to the usual rhythm of life. The first countries to return have been the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
On May 9, for the first time in 2 months, no new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Slovakia. The epidemic was brought under control on May 15, and this is the first official victory over the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe.
The country is still imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors from outside the EU, with only a few exceptions such as diplomats and drivers serving freight flows. Freight transportation is allowed only on national and international routes.
In the neighboring Czech Republic, a state of emergency had been in force since March 12. After 66 days of closed borders and severe restrictive measures, the Czech Republic concluded its emergency regime on May 18. Quarantine measures are still in effect in the country. Wearing masks is a familiar must for daily walks, shopping, and socializing.
On May 11, new rules came into force on the Czech border: travelers from the EU are allowed to enter the country for business purposes. Travel is possible with one condition: stays in the country should not exceed 72 hours. Previously, foreign citizens were prohibited from entering Czech territory. The restrictions did not apply to foreigners with permanent or temporary residence permits and persons working in international transport.
“The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way most of humanity lives. Work in the logistics sector has undergone a major metamorphosis. AsstrA's Prague office was in "home office" mode for 8 weeks. Beginning May 11, after removing a number of restrictions, the office returned to its standard operating mode”, says Tatyana Serikova, AsstrA Prague Branch Manager.
After the reopening of the AsstrA office in Prague, there are now special rules regarding working in the field. The number of business trips is minimized, with meetings and negotiations held remotely whenever possible. Every day, an additional general cleaning is carried out to disinfect all contact surfaces. It is mandatory to wear a mask in the corridors and elevators. Also there are additional hand sanitizer stations in the office.
“Of course, the global pandemic has affected our business processes. During this time, our team has learned self-discipline and adapted to rapidly changing realities. The Prague office, as before, stays in constant contact with clients and transport partners,” summarizes Tatyana Serikova.