FFP2 Respirators Will Be Mandatory in Shops, Service Provision Outlets, Out-patient Healthcare Facilities and Public Transport From Thursday

The Ministry of Health, in response to unfavourable trends in the COVID-19 epidemic, has come up with an extraordinary anti-epidemic measure that, from Thursday, 25 February, stipulates for persons over 15 years of age the duty to wear a respirator without an exhalation valve with a filtration effectiveness of at least 95% in accordance with the relevant standards (e.g. FFP2/KN 95) or two medical facemasks, one on top of the other, in the indoor space of retail outlets, service provision outlets, international airports, public transport, including platforms and waiting rooms and in motor vehicles, provided persons from one household are not travelling in them.

The duty also applies in healthcare facilities, at workplaces in which out-patient care is provided, as well as in social service facilities, which are weekly care centres, homes for handicapped persons, homes for senior citizens and homes with a special regime, as well as facilities providing relief social services in residential form.

A respirator without an exhalation valve with a filtration effectiveness of at least 95% in accordance with the relevant standards (e.g. FFP2/KN 95) or one medical face mask will be a duty from 1 March in other internal spaces of buildings and in all other publicly-accessible places where at least 2 persons are present and are less than 2 metres apart, unless they are members of the same household.

“It is necessary to do the maximum in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.By wearing appropriate aids to protect the airways, each of us can contribute to the fight against the epidemic.For this reason, the Ministry of Health is issuing a measure that stipulates the wearing of FFP2 respirators without an exhalation valve, nano-masks or two single-use surgical masks in places where there are a large number of people.What is important is what filtration effectiveness such protective products offer,” said Minister of Health Jan Blatný.

In the case of respirators and masks, it is not important whether they are made from nano-material or not, but what standard a product meets. The designation FFP2 or KN95 for respirators is a guarantee of 95% filtration effectiveness.

Two single-use masks, one over the other, can also be used. This method of protection is, however, chosen only for a transitional period with regard to the fact that not everybody is able to immediately buy a respirator.

You can find more information in the extraordinary measure.