Exceptions to the obligation to wear face masks are now being extended to include children under the age of seven in kindergartens and children’s groups as well as artists and moderators, subject to precise conditions
Under a new emergency measure issued today by the Ministry of Health and approved by the government, the obligation to wear face masks no longer applies to children under the age of seven in kindergartens and children’s groups, to persons whose current mental state does not enable compliance with this ban, to performers in the production of audiovisual works, as well as to presenters and editors performing in radio, television and other programs without guests.
The emergency measure of the Ministry of Health follows up on the measure of April 9, 2020, with the fact that it expands the existing exemptions from the obligation to wear face masks for children up to two years of age, persons with severe autism spectrum disorders, persons in a closed vehicle (if all members are from a common households) and public transport drivers who are alone in a closed cabin separate from the passenger compartment.
A new exception is children from two to seven years of age in a kindergarten and in a children’s group while they are spending time in the premises of the kindergarten or children’s group, both inside and outside. Furthermore, an exception is provided for persons with intellectual impairments, cognitive impairments or severe alterations of their mental state, whose mental abilities or current mental state do not enable compliance with this prohibition, due to the nature and manifestations of their illness. This exception also includes people with severe autism spectrum disorders. Another exception applies to the right not to wear respiratory protective equipment for artists when performing an author’s work and other persons appearing in audiovisual works or programs. However, this exception may be invoked only if the person organizing the performance of the copyright work or the filming of the audiovisual work or program ensures the compliance with the necessary hygienic measures.
“We have expanded the exceptions to the obligation to wear face masks to performing artists and moderators. But everything is conditioned by strict adherence to the set conditions during filming. Disinfection is an absolute necessity, as is a negative PCR test for performing artists,” said Health Minister Adam Vojtěch.
All others who are not covered by the exceptions continue to be required to wear a mouth and nose cover (such as a respirator, face mask, scarf, shawl, or other means to prevent the spread of droplets). “This measure remains one of the important preconditions for preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic. The most common ways in which the virus enters the human body are the mucous membranes, i.e. the mouth, nose and also the eyes. Therefore, you must always protect yourself and your surroundings by using respiratory protection. It is the least we can do,” added the Minister of Health.
There are also a number of conditions attached to these exceptions. If the organizers require a person performing audiovisual works to perform without respiratory protective equipment during the production of the program, they must meet a number of conditions. The artist should have a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS CoV-2 that is not older than 4 days before the start of the work or the filming of the audiovisual work or program, and then at least once every 14 days if the work continues. The shooting location should be regularly disinfected, disinfection should be available to all participants and a distance of at least 2m should be maintained between performers and others (this distance does not have to be maintained between performers).
The aim of this emergency measure is to use protection against the spread of droplets from the carriers of this disease, so as to maximally limit the community transmission of the COVID-19 disease. The emergency measure takes effect on the date of its issue.
You can find the emergency measure for exceptions from wearing face masks here. You can find the emergency measure for exceptions from wearing face masks here.