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Face masks could soon be mandatory at indoor locations in Prague, officials say

As the number of known coronavirus cases across the country continues to rise, officials have been discussing further implementing health and safety measures to curb the spread of the virus

Face masks may soon be introduced indoors across Prague, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said after a City Council meeting on Monday, according to České noviny.

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As the number of known coronavirus cases across the country continues to rise, officials have been discussing further implementing health and safety measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Right now, residents only have to wear face masks on the metro in Prague as well as when visiting medical facilities. You can find a full breakdown of the face mask rules for Prague right here. However, the mayor has said that preventative measures may be put into place in the future to prevent the further spread of the virus.

However, Hřib wants to put in place measures that will not stop the city’s economy. The mayor has already spoken to the head of the Prague Hygiene Station, Zdeněk Jágrová.

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“It makes more sense for me if hygiene goes the way of preventive measures,” the mayor said.

In the past, Hřib has said that face masks could be mandatory on public transit starting in September. He wants to wait until the heat of August passes to make them mandatory.

Prague will always have a much higher incidence of cases than the rest of the country, Jágrová said.

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On Monday, the Ministry of Health revealed its risk map of the Czech Republic according to the epidemiological risk in individual regions.

The so-called traffic light is divided into four levels according to the degree of risk, as indicated by white (no risk) and followed by green (low risk), yellow (medium risk), and red (high risk).

Prague earned a green rating, indicating low risk. Officials had originally considered placing the capital as medium risk. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Prague continues to decrease. On Monday, the capital recorded just 31 cases.

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