First of May, the Time of Love.
"You are supposed to get kissed under cherry tree bloom." It says old Czech tradition. The First of May is "Czech Valentine´s Day" actually.
Enjoy the whole May full of Love and the first verses of probably the best-known Czech poem, May, written by the 19th century poet Karel Hynek Macha. 
Late evening, on the first of May -
The twilit May - the time of love.
Meltingly called the turtle-dove,
Where rich and sweet pinewoods lay.
Whispered of love the mosses trail,
The flowering tree as sweetly lied,
The rose's fragrant sigh replied
To love-songs of the nightingale.
In shadowy woods the burnished lake
Darkly complained a secret pain,
By circling shores embraced again;
And heaven's clear sun leaned down to take
A road astray in azure deeps,
Like burning tears the lover weeps.

State holiday on May, 1 and 8. Where will we buy groceries?

May 1 - Labor Day - International Workers' Day
Stores can be open without restrictions, depending on the decision of individual business management and store owners, whether to adjust the opening hours or leave them as on normal days

May 8 - Victory Day
Shops with an area above 200 m² must be closed. Smaller stores can be open without restrictions.

            Online at ZOOM at 5:30 pm
            Online at TEAMS at 5 pm
            Online at GOOGLE MEET at 5:30 pm
            Online at GOOGLE MEET at 5:30 pm
Thank you all for attending the webinar!
If you have any further questions please contact Cesar Tolico directly via email or in Facebook Group:
Tax Consultation for US Taxpayers - Expats and US Based
You can watch the recorded webinar here and Cesar's presentation is also available!
We enjoyed another wonderful event together!
Thank you for attending and for your great participation. 
The creation of the focus group connected with the involvement of expats in the strategic planning of the city of Ostrava is in progress!. We will contact those interested.
If you didn´t catch the webinar, here is the presentation:

What to do in Ostrava? 

The jubilee 60th year of the Zlatá Tretra Ostrava will take place on May 19, which will be the first big meeting in Europe in the summer season of 2021. It will be conceived as a significant opportunity especially for the domestic elite to meet the Olympic nomination criteria. With regard to current state of the epidemiologic situation in the world, the organizers of the Ostrava Golden Spike 2021 kindly ask their supporters and fans for patience concerning the start of the ticket sale.


Celebrate World Heritage Day by taking a virtual tour of 10 World Heritage Sites! Google Arts and Culture in a collaboration with UNESCO created virtual 10 Must-see UNESCO World Heritage, Sites. Enjoy The Great Pyramids of Giza and much more!

Have you filled up the Census form 2021? You have 11 days left to enumerate yourself! Enumerating online is simple and fast! If you prefer to use the paper form, you may request it together with the reply envelope from the Census enumerator or at a Census contact point! You can find more information here!

The court handles several international child kidnappings a year. How might it decide in a given case?

Dealing with international kidnappings of children is always a very complicated situation. This is why the family law experts at Frank Bold Advokáti have assembled this overview of how the situation can be handled and how often it occurs. more.

Loosening of Restrictions: Packages

Basic description

The loosening of restrictions is divided into six steps. The main parameter to be followed is the incidence, which is an epidemiological term that refers to the number of new patients over a period of time. In this case, the new measures will be based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people in seven days. However, other indicators of the spread of the disease are also taken into account. Depending on the number of new cases in a given area, loosening of restrictions can occur at both the national and regional levels. Loosening may not occur every week, but will always be a response to the current epidemiological situation. The individual loosening will be implemented in the form of extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health, which will be submitted to the government. The measures, which will always apply from Monday, will be announced on the Thursday before that Monday.

Currently, the Czech Republic is in PACKAGE 1
Implemented from April 12th, 2021 and in the next phase from April 26th, 2021.

From Monday, May, 3rd will be open
Body care services in mode: 1 provider: 1 customer with a strict hygienic epidemical regime. 

Will be implemented from May 10th, 2021.
  • 2nd level of primary schools in a rotating learning system for whole classes and weeks only in regions with an incidence <100/100 thousand per week with testing
  • Retail closed so far will open with a strict hygienic epidemical regime
  • Other services (spas)

How to rent an apartment

Comparing lease and sublease contracts when renting

Are you looking for a flat to rent in Ostrava? Do you know the difference between lease and sublease? Our blog post covers everything you need to know.

 If you are looking to rent, you will get a contract depending on the ownership of the property. To put it in simple words, if the person owns it directly you will have a lease contract and if the property is owned by a housing cooperative, the „owner“ himself/herself will have a lease from the housing cooperative, therefore you as a tenant will have sublease contract. Read more.

Are you having any difficulty solving problems related to living in and around Ostrava? Come to the Expat Center, contact us via email or send us a message on Facebook! We are here to help!

We will assist you during your official appointments in city offices or wherever you will need the support of a local Czech-speaking person.
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