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Police in Prague are working with the Ministry of Health on a system to identify the correct masks and protective equipment on citizens.  As it stands, everyone either has to wear an FFP2 respirator or two surgical masks on all public transport areas, shops, and health care facilities. However, identifying which masks are up to code, which means the police are mostly just focusing on whether someone has a mask at all, and it’s not just a scarf or piece of fabric. The new measures require respirators that have a filtration efficiency of at least 95%. Currently though, there’s no method to confirm this.  Irena Seifertová, a spokeswoman for the police, says the policemen will generally just be making sureContinue Reading

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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