Hot topic: Do you wear a face mask in Prague? How our readers responded

We asked our FB users to share their maskwearing habits; 1,000 people voted and here are the results

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Written by Expats.cz
Published on 30.07.2020 08:24 (updated on 30.07.2020)

In March of this year, the entire Czech Republic went into quarantine and it was mandated that face masks be worn in all public spaces under penalty of a fine. Czechs were internationally lauded for being early adherents to mask-wearing as a means of flattening the curve, while many credited masks for the drop in cases earlier this summer.

The recent surge in COVID numbers has caused the government to reissue mask measures and it is still necessary to wear them in the metro and pharmacies as well as now in doctors’ offices and indoor events where more than 100 people are present (for a complete breakdown of where to wear a mask see our article here).

While mask-wearing measures may have been lifted for trams and busses a number of political leaders have asked people to wear masks as a precaution and many experts believe that people will need to wear masks in more places come fall.

We recently asked our readers about their mask-wearing habits in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic. A whopping 1,000 people responded to the poll.

Of the respondents who answered the question, “Do you still wear a mask, even if you’re not required to?” 60% said they still wear a mask even when not required.

Readers Jari Makkonen said, “In some cases, yes. E.g. yesterday visiting a castle and being packed with 30 people in small spaces. I was the only one, but I do not mind about what someone might think about me being careful.”

Reader Sherry Vacik agreed, “Yes — always in the shops, on public transport, etc.”

Vote in our next poll: We’re currently polling users to find out if they stayed in the Czech Republic or went abroad for their summer holiday. Votes and leave your comments here.

Some readers said that even in certain situations in the workplace masks are making a comeback.

User Jill Batdorf Alexiou commented: “I trained my colleagues at work today for my maternity leave tasks (I’ve been working from home this entire time) and asked them all to wear masks. They were happy to comply. I agree!”

According to user Ian Donegan, not everyone is so diligent as his fellow commenters.

“I’m on a full late-night tram home from Letna to Nam Miru, I’m the only person on [the] 91 tram with a mask, I feel a bit sad that we have come so far to hold off this virus and now we give up. Two city policemen get on the tram and both with no masks, come on CZ government please help people see this sh*t is still with us.”

Ivi Iwanna Zekov also wonders where all these people that clicked “yes” are. “When I am out in malls or supermarket I am the only one wearing a mask and if not maybe 1-2 people max.”

Meanwhile, others said no to masks altogether like user Nadíya Kartmanová: “Always for no. Bring it on! I’m ready to contribute to herd immunity.”

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