Those who were looking forward to the moment when they can put away their face masks and breathe freely will still have to wait. And probably for a long time, because with tomorrow, the measures against coronavirus will get even tougher.
The masks will be newly mandatory inside almost all buildings. The ministry of health responds to the sharp deterioration of the epidemiological situation, because the number of people infected with coronavirus in the Czech republic is still increasing. Just yesterday, there was a record 1164 -the most in a single day so far.
In addition to, for example, shops or offices, employees in companies with smaller than two-metre spacing will have to breathe through the face mask all day long. Similarly, it must be worn by participants of all indoor events, regardless of the number of people. We continue to have to wear face coverings in public transport.
"I also urge all citizens to exercise maximum responsibility and respect for basic hygiene rules. Let's remember this rule. Hands, face masks, distance. It's the smallest and also the most important thing. Each of us can contribute with his responsible approach to managing this epidemic.”
Exceptions where on the contrary people can put away the protection of the mouth, will include hotel rooms, in addition to their residence. As for schools, including universities, it is only necessary to have a mask in public spaces, such as corridors or toilets. They're not needed in classrooms.
We also do not need face masks in swimming pools or saunas, or in restaurants when eating food or drinking. And if get a sweet tooth, you can temporarily postpone covering your mouth during meals even in public transport.
Face masks also do not concern children under two years old, the children and teachers in kindergartens, hospitalized patients, athletes during training or competition or an engaged couple during their ceremony. The exception was also given to people working in hot environments.
The covering of the nose and mouth is recommended by major professional organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO). On average, masks help reduce the risk of transmission up to fivefold - from 17.4 percent without a face mask to 3.1 percent with it.