Czech Republic Legal Alert | No more respirators in the workplace from 14 March 2022
End of respirators
From 14 March 2022, the Government has abolished the general obligation to wear respirators in all indoor areas, including all workplaces where it was not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5m.
The obligation to wear a respirator will continue to apply only in:
social service facilities (homes for the elderly, care centres, etc.); and
public transport (including taxis).
Employers providing services where the obligation to wear a respirator will continue to apply will still be obliged to equip their employees with a sufficient number of respirators for each working shift.
Options for employers
Although the Government has abolished the obligation to wear a respirator in the workplace, employers can continue to impose this obligation on their employees by adopting their own OHS measures.
The measure must be issued as a result of an assessment of all workplace health and safety risks to employees (e.g. due to increased employee contact with customers).
Please note, that it may be difficult to properly and sufficiently justify the need for such a measure in view of the current epidemiological situation.