Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Czech Republic has ordered respirators in shops and public transport


A respirator, nanoparticle, or two surgical drapes are being considered for all workplaces.

Feb 22, 2021 at 11:16 pm TASR

PRAGUE. In the Czech Republic, from midnight on Wednesday to Thursday, it will be mandatory to wear respirators in places where a higher number of people come together.

It will no longer be enough just a cloth drape, as it was before. The government of the Czech Republic decided on Monday, informs the Novinky.cz portal.

Originally, the rule on wearing respirators was to come into force on Tuesday.

The changes were announced last week by the Czech Minister of Health Jan Blatný. As he said at the time, respirators will be mandatory in shops, public transport and at bus stops, hospitals, dispensaries or service facilities.

According to Blatný, the reason for tightening the rules is the worsened epidemiological situation related to the spread of the more contagious so-called British variant of the coronavirus.

The Minister advised people to use respirators such as KN95 or FFP2, which provide better protection against coronavirus infection by being better fitting and sealing. According to the Minister, for example, two surgical drapes could be a solution for those who fail to obtain a respirator.

The Ministry of Health is also considering introducing the obligation to wear a respirator, nanopilt or two surgical drapes in workplaces.

The obligation to wear a respirator or one medical drape will also apply from Thursday on construction sites or in other outdoor areas where the distances between people are less than two meters.



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