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Face masks may finish by end of June according to Health Minister

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The mandatory wearing of face masks may finish indoors at the end of June, Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) told journalists today.

This will depend on the epidemiological situation.

“We presume that until June, they will be mandatory in internal spaces such as shops and public transport. If the situation keeps calming down, the face masks may be disposed of at the end of June,” Vojtech said.

As of May 25, people are ordered to wear face masks in buildings outside their homes, in public transport vehicles, and all other places if they cannot be at least two meters away from other people who do not live in the same household with them.

Exceptions from this rule will be the same as they are now: children under the age of two, children in kindergartens and students at school if they keep the distance of 1.5 meters from one another, people working outside in hot weather, and moderators, film crews, photographers and people working in offices, if they are at least two meters from others. The ministry sets further rules for filming, such as regular disinfection of hands and the given indoor areas.

Lockdown expert Rastislav Madar said the washing of hands, keeping the distance, and the wearing of face masks were the three basic measures thanks to which the Czech Republic had coped well with the epidemic.

The government introduced the compulsory face masks wearing since March 19. Instead of a face mask, people can use a respirator, a shawl, scarf and other means to cover their mouth and nose. Earlier exemptions applied to children in nurseries, public transport drivers in separated cabins, autistic people, toddlers under two and also performing artists under certain conditions.

The Health Ministry is also planning to support the autumn vaccination against the flu. In this way, it wants to prevent a possible outbreak of two epidemics, the flu and the second wave of coronavirus, Vojtech said.

The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the lowest share of the people vaccinated against the flu.

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