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Easy to breath DIY cloth masks might not cut it pretty soon, as Czech officials contemplate making FFP2 respirators and surgical masks the new standard on public transport, medical facilities, and other government buildings.  This idea comes amidst a broader move to extend and tighten COVID-19 restrictions, following Germany and Austria’s lead. Recently, officials from both countries made respirators and surgical masks mandatory in all shops and public transport in response to the British mutation that is supposed to be more contagious. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček insists on voting in favour of extending the state of emergency until February 21.  “We can’t afford to discontinue the state of emergency. If we do, we won’t be able to meet our goalContinue Reading

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Oppositional parties ODS, SPD, KDU-ČSL, and TOP 09 stated that they won’t support the extension of the state of emergency in the Czech Republic if their demands are not satisfied. Oppositional parties continuously criticized the measures adopted by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the government plans to extend the state of emergency for 30 more days until February 21. The Czech Republic has remained in this state for 176 days since October 5.  The opposition doesn’t agree with the fact that the state of emergency, according to them, allows the government to violate human rights. “The government is not able to properly justify what exactly it needs, and why we have to keep being in an emergency overContinue Reading

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The stores occupying more than 400 square meters will be required to sell the obligatory minimum of Czech-produced products, states the new proposal to the Food Act that was approved today by the Chamber of Deputies. Eight countries from the European Union have already criticized the proposal because it is discriminatory against foreign-made products.  The proposal will apply to the products which can be produced in the Czech Republic. The rule won’t apply to stores smaller than the required 400 square meters, as well as the outlets. Next year, the obligatory quota will be 55 percent with plans to grow to 73 percent in seven years.  The Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman doesn’t see anything problematic with the proposal beingContinue Reading