The Czech government decided to further tighten the mandatory wearing of face masks due to the highly contagious British mutation of COVID-19. This means that in some places, people will be obliged to wear either one respirator or two face masks. The new measure comes into effect on Monday, February 22.
One Respirator or Two Face Masks
Due to the British mutation of COVID-19, the Czech government made the decision to introduce mandatory wearing of either one respirator (KN95 or FFP2 type) or two face masks. The measure will be in place from Monday, February 22 and will apply to places where there is a higher risk of getting infected. This was announced only a few days after the state of emergency was reintroduced.
Those places where this form of protection will be mandatory are as follows:
The government also announced that shops won’t open in the near future as was originally planned. This change was actually supposed to be announced on February 19, however, a new tightening of restrictions happened. In fact, there is a possibility of more restrictions and countermeasures being tightened in the future, considering the current situation in the Czech Republic is indeed very grave. There is a chance that more Regions will be isolated from the rest of the country since this had been previously indicated. The Minister of Health, Jan Blatný, will supposedly discuss that in the next couple of days.
The former Minister of Health, Roman Prymula, also recommended tightening countermeasures, but he was fired from his position by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš after he attended a football match the same day.
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