The government will wait with the introduction of mandatory respirators

The government is waiting for Germany and Austria to cope with the introduction of mandatory FFP2 respirators in public transport and shops. He wants a possible same measure in the Czech Republic not to mean a financial burden for citizens, said Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES) after the cabinet meeting. He stressed that there is no need to buy protective equipment. At the same time, he recommended using respirators for those who can. According to the minister, the government is also discussing the possibility of selling respirators at reasonable prices so that everyone can afford them.

“We are finding out what state of readiness (Germany and Austria) they are, so that it is tangible for the citizens, so that it does not mean any burden,” said the minister. According to him, respirators can significantly prevent the spread of coronavirus in places where people accumulate, for example in public transport. Personally, the minister called for those who can to use respirators in high-risk areas now. “Curtain scarves and drapes don’t really work,” he said.

The demand for FFP2 class respirators with a nanofiber membrane was a record on Wednesday, when the first mentions of a possible introduction of duty appeared. The highest daily demand from mid-September last year was also exceeded. According to the price comparator, you can buy one FFP2 respirator on the Internet for about ten crowns.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček (ČSSD), there are about 16 million respirators in state reserves. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been analyzing production capacities in the Czech Republic since Wednesday in case their regulation is considered.

Austria and Germany are introducing mandatory FFP2 class surgical drapes or respirators in shops and public transport due to concerns about new coronavirus mutations, especially the so-called British variant. Detailed rules, such as the obligation for children or who pays respirators to store employees, are still being formulated. According to Blatný, it is necessary to harmonize measures within the European Union.

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