From February 25, Czechs will be required to wear either respirators, nanomasks or two medical masks at once in crowded places.
According to the Minister of Health Ian Blatney, this is due to the spread of the British strain coronavirus. The new requirement will apply in particular to shops, hospitals, public transport and bus stops.
“In all these places, citizens will have to wear an FFP2 respirator, or a nanomask, or two surgical masks at the same time,” Blatney said.
According to him, the cabinet has not yet considered the issue of monetary compensation for the socially disadvantaged. Economists estimate that respirators, most of which are disposable, can cost a family of four 2,000 Czech crowns (about $ 93) a month.
In recent days, following the news of the government’s intention to introduce mandatory wearing of respirators, they are bought in pharmacies and stores every day until noon. The cheapest respirators are almost completely sold out in online stores.
Doctors fear that many people, in the name of economy, will use a respirator for a long time, which in practice will make it an additional source of infection.
A state of emergency has been introduced in the Czech Republic, curfew is in force from 21.00 to 5.00. Three districts – Cheb and Sokolov in the west and Trutnov in the east – are closed for entry and exit – there the number of patients with COVID-19 is three to four times higher than the national average.
Translation and editing: BLITZ
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