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The requirement to check COVID certificates depends on whether the event a) is an activity where the COVID certificate is obligatory or b) is taking place at a location where the COVID certificate is obligatory (see point 10 of Order 305).

Thus, if, for instance, a company's Christmas party is organised as a private event at a restaurant, museum, theatre or cinema hall, i.e. at a location that has been listed in point 10 as a location where the obligation to check applies, the person responsible for the activity has an obligation to check the COVID certificates. The requirement also applies to e.g. weddings, if they are taking place at a restaurant, theatre or similar location where COVID certificates are checked.

However, it is important to note that for a catering establishment, the obligation to check the certificates applies specifically at its permanent place of operations, but not if it is providing a catering service at another location where a COVID certificate is not obligatory -- for instance, it is providing catering at the offices of a company, at a service salon, or at a person's home.

There is no obligation to check the COVID certificates if a private event is, for instance, taking place at a person's home or in non-public spaces of a company -- i.e. in spaces that have not been listed in point 10.

There is also an obligation to check the COVID certificates when organising a public event, a concert, a conference or other activities listed in point 10. The requirement to check the COVID certificate applies regardless of whether the event requires prior registration or an invitation or not.

The COVID certificates are not checked at outdoor events taking place in an unrestricted territory and at activities that have not been listed in point 10.

Last updated: 13.12.2021 00:05

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This depends on where the event is taking place.

  • If the private event is taking place at a public indoor space or at a location where presenting a COVID certificate is obligatory at other times as well (e.g. a restaurant, a theatre, a museum etc), it is obligatory to check certificates and adhere to other restrictions that apply to the location (e.g. restriction to operating hours). The requirements also have to be followed if a whole catering or entertainment establishment is reserved for a private event.
  • If the private event is taking place at a public indoor space where COVID certificates are not required (e.g. a store, a service salon etc), the general requirements for public indoor spaces apply, i.e. the requirements to wear a mask, disinfect and disperse.
  • If the private event is taking place at a location that is not a public indoor space (home, summer house, the workspace of a company, a storage facility etc), none of the requirements listed in the Order apply and ensuring safety from infection risk is the responsibility of the individuals themselves. For instance, if a person organises a concert for his friends in his own yard and is not charging for tickets, this constitutes a private event and there is also no obligation to check the certificates. A common event, party or other similar occasion for the employees of a company can also be considered a private event.

An event is a private event if it is organised by a physical person, it is meant for a specified circle of people, and it does not have an objective to earn a profit.

Last updated: 12.12.2021 23:52

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A lawyer explains: in the meaning of Order 305, a public indoor space is a space that has been given into the use of an unspecified circle of people, or is used by an unspecified circle of people, or where an unspecified circle of people can be. The deciding factor for a public indoor space is not whether an unspecified circle of people has access to it at any given time, but rather whether the use of it is generally open to an unspecified circle of people, either for free, with a ticket or by renting the space.

This means that public indoor spaces include all premises that are also rented out or given into use in the course of economic activities.

In the meaning of the Order, public indoor spaces include, for instance:

  • state and local government institutions
  • hospitals, family health centres, pharmacies
  • stores and markets
  • public transport and vehicles offering a ride-share service
  • waiting rooms of a bus station or a train station
  • houses of worship and other spaces used for religious services
  • culture and community centres
  • a party, concert and theatre hall that can be rented out
  • art galleries, museums, exhibition halls
  • children's play rooms and rooms belonging to an entertainment service provider
  • other similar spaces that people can freely rent or book in order to carry out events or activities

The obligations to disperse, wear a mask and disinfect have to be followed in these spaces. Additionally, if an activity or event named in point 10 of the order is carried out in these spaces (e.g. a theatre performance, a concert, a competition, or another entertainment service is being provided), there is also an obligation to check the COVID certificates.

This definition stems from the objective of the Order to implement precautionary measures in situations where contacts take place and where there is thus a potential for the spread of the virus. Even in a situation where only a particular group is involved, there is still a possibility that the infection spreads among them. Due to this, it is important to implement the measures foreseen in the Order at gatherings like that as well.

Among other things, it is important to differentiate that a private event and a public space are not mutually exclusive or contradictory conditions. If a private event is taking place at a public indoor space, the requirements set for public indoor spaces apply.

Last updated: 12.12.2021 23:38

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