The Health Ministry has issued detailed clarifications about the use of face mask that they are mandatory for some groups of employees.
the provision of mandatory face mask use by specific groups of workers, but also optional for the public. the use of a face mask is a complementary measure and does not replace the purpose of other precautionary practices.
Public: The use of a face mask for the citizens is recommended and not mandatory in cases of presence of citizens in crowded and closed spaces and gathering of people such as supermarkets, department stores, retail businesses, pharmacies, banks, the Departments of the public and wider public sector that serve the public, the means of public transport, etc.
With regard to the staff, the use of a single-use mask is compulsory for those working in:
The use of a disposable face mask for people who work in Public Transport( Bus Drivers)
Inside the public and private buildings and businesses such as the Citizens Service Centers, Post Offices and places where bills are paid (eg Cyta, EAC, local government).
People working in positions where they interact directly with the public in retail trade businesses (e.g. cashiers at supermarkets, pharmacies, farmers’ markets, retail shops etc).
Staff servicing the public in the food chain such as butchers, fishmongers, fruit shops, kiosks, mini markets, retail (eg clothes, shoes and cosmetics).
Construction site workers must wear the disposable face mask when traveling by car (the number of people in the car must not exceed 2 people).
The maximum wholesale and retail price of disposable masks (surgical masks) was set by Decree of the Minister of Health, dated April 15, 2020, at € 0.70 per piece any violation of this Decree should be reported immediately to 1429 Consumer Service Line to take the appropriate measures.
Members of the public are urged to be particularly careful in choosing masks. The recommendation of the scientific advisory team of the Health Ministry is that the appropriate mask for the general mask is the simple surgical mask.
As regards other masks (paper, masks with filter etc) these are do not serve the purpose of personal protection.
The ministry also recommended the purchase of masks from reputable points of sale. Buyers should also check for the CE certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area and that they are safely packaged.
At the same time, the correct way to use the mask is reminded:
- The mask covers the face from the tip of the nose, mouth and chin.
- Before wearing or removing the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcoholic antiseptic solution.
- Remove the mask by carefully removing it from the back and do NOT touch the front.
- After use, place the mask in a Trash bin.