Face Masks to be Obligatory Until the End of June

From March 19th in the entire Czech Republic has been mandatory to wear face/surgical masks (or at least scarves or bandannas) fully covering the nose and mouth when going out in public.

During today’s press conference, Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula announced that coronavirus countermeasures, such as wearing face masks, the use of disinfectants, and social distancing will be in place at least until the end of June.

According to the government’s regulations, police officers can impose an on-the-spot fine of CZK 10,000 to anyone found not wearing the correct equipment in public.

The Czech Republic had 7,236 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection by the end of Friday. So far 2,371 people have recovered and 214 people have died.

On Thursday, April 23, the Czech cabinet lifted a ban on its citizens traveling abroad for reasons other than work following an improvement in conditions of the coronavirus outbreak.

Czech citizens and foreigners with permission to enter the country have two options for arrival in the Czech Republic from the midnight on Friday 24 April, 2020: present a negative coronavirus test upon return or be subject to two-week quarantine.

Later today, PM Babiš stated that “we had theoretically opened the borders, but in practice, people cannot get anywhere. Flights are mostly canceled and other governments won’t allow people from other countries to enter unless they have a valid coronavirus test. The lifted ban on travel abroad mainly applies to business trips.”

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