Czech Supreme Court abolishes mask obligation

The court abolished the measure but the ruling will enter into force in three days, so the Health Ministry got time to react and provide sufficient justification for this measure. [Shutterstock/Ioannis7]

The Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic ruled on Tuesday that the government’s measure obliging people to wear FFP2 masks in indoor areas is not justified.

The court abolished the measure but the ruling will enter into force in three days, giving the health ministry time to react and provide sufficient justification for this measure.

If the ministry fails to do so, the obligation to wear masks in public transport, hospitals or public buildings will be annulled. The ministry immediately said it will respect the ruling and put measures in order.

The court in its ruling pointed out that the ministry had been so far “systematically ignoring” the court’s decisions and causing “legal uncertainty.”

Moreover, the court emphasised that all these unnecessary law disputes are costly and even cause congestion of courts.

(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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