From July, Surgical Masks Can Be Worn in Shops and on Public Transportation

From the 1st of July, according to Health Minister Adam Vojtech, people on public transportation and in stores would only need to wear surgical masks instead of respirators. A further reduction of the coronavirus outbreak is a criterion for such a relaxation of the regulations. In the Czech Republic, the requirement to wear a respirator or equivalent high-quality respiratory protection went into effect on February 25th

In addition, the Czech Republic’s incidence rate, which measures the number of illnesses per 100,000 people in the previous seven days, is presently 21. It was over a hundred a month ago. The pandemic is fading in most areas, but the Jihocesky region still has the highest incidence rate and Karlovy Vary has the lowest. From Monday (June 7th), in connection with the end of the epidemic, the government took the decision to further mitigate anti-epidemic measures.

Most Czech schools will allow students to study without respiratory protection starting Tuesday, June 8th. Only the regions of South Bohemia, Liberec, and Zlin remained committed to respiratory protection. In school corridors and canteens, however, pupils must wear masks. This commitment, according to Adam Vojtech, will last through the end of the school year.

The government also increased the number of spectators at cultural events to 1,000 people indoors and 2,000 people outdoors. Regular testing for employees and individual enterprises will no longer be required starting in July, as it is in schools.