Face masks in Czech offices are no longer mandatory

Office workers will need to keep a two-meter distance from their co-workers if they are mask-free, the health minister said in a statement yesterday


Written by ČTK Published on 19.05.2020 09:01:24 (updated on 19.05.2020) Reading time: 1 minute

The requirement to wear face masks in offices as well as for those employees who work in “high-temperature operations” will be lifted from today Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech (ANO) told journalists following a press briefing Monday.

Office workers must keep a two-meter distance from the colleagues as of Tuesday, Vojtech said.

“Probably no one will go around the companies and measure the gaps,” he said. According to the Health Minister, it will be up to employees to respect and maintain this rule.

Following the end of the state of emergency in the Czech Republic yesterday, the Ministry of Health has published updated measures regarding the wearing of face masks and other critical information on its website. Face masks in public remain mandatory until May 25.

Exceptions will be granted to the children under two, those in kindergartens and schoolchildren, provided they keep the 1.5-metre distance.

Face masks need not be worn by passengers of cars, public transport drivers and people suffering from autism and mental disorders.

They are not mandatory during film shooting, portrait photographing, for actors at a theatre performance, and for anchormen.

The government also announced the loosening of border controls on Monday, saying that additional border crossings would open on May 26, with random border checks taking place and confirmation of a negative coronavirus test still be required, Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said on social media.

The Czech Republic plans to lift the required COVID-19 tests for people returning from no-risk countries from the epidemiological viewpoint as of June 8, Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) said following the government meeting Monday.

At present, these countries include Austria, Slovakia and Croatia. High-risk countries would include Spain, Italy and France, he said.

The list of no-risk countries will be updated regularly, Vojtech added.

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