Due to the spread of covid-19 from midnight, the government will significantly restrict free movement in the districts of Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov, where the disease has recently spread the fastest in the country. People who live there will not be able to leave the district, with some exceptions, others will not be able to come to it. Residents of these three regions must wear an FFP2 respirator or at least a surgical drape in all public places or on public transportation. After Thursday’s extraordinary meeting of the government, the Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES) told the press.
The measure is to apply until the end of the state of emergency, but the government has not yet secured support in the Chamber of Deputies for its extension. The Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic, Jarmila Rážová, told Czech Television that the closure of the three districts should take at least three weeks for the measure to work and free up the capacity of congested hospitals in the affected areas.
If the House does not prolong the state of emergency, it will end on Sunday, February 14. In that case, the government would transfer most of the measures to the Public Health Protection Act, but according to Blatný, this would be possible only to a limited extent.
The Minister explained the tightening of restrictions on free movement by saying that in the given districts the number of infected people is three to four times higher than in the rest of the country. Hospitals have full capacity and have to transport patients elsewhere. “With a few exceptions, we have forbidden people who live in these districts to leave them, and we have forbidden people who do not live here to come here,” Blatný announced.
Restrictions on movement will not apply to children commuting to school and their companions. Exceptions are also people who commute to other regions to work or have to leave home to ensure safety, care for relatives and loved ones, to provide for their needs, to travel urgently to a medical facility, office, church or wedding, he said. Minister. However, they will always have to prove the declared purpose of the trip. According to Blatný, people who have real estate there but do not live there permanently will not be able to come to districts with limited free movement. The measure will not apply to transit. For example, truck drivers can drive through the districts, but will not be allowed to stop in them unless absolutely necessary, for example in the event of a vehicle breakdown.
On Thursday, the government also decided that the state would send half a million disposable drapes to Hradec Králové and half a million to the Karlovy Vary region. If necessary, it can repeat deliveries. It is also about providing FFP2 respirators to schools and kindergartens in closed districts. The state will send veils to the affected regions from the stocks of the State Material Reserves Administration. They will be designed to be distributed free of charge by the governor’s office to socially disadvantaged citizens in the affected districts of Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov. Firefighters will ensure the distribution of protective veils to the regions, the government said in a press release.
The government recommended to employers in these districts regime measures in the workplace, making the greatest possible use of work from home and regular antigen testing. Compliance with the measures should be supervised by the police on the access roads. If the forces were not enough, the government would ask for help from the army, Blatný said.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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