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Protective equipment compulsory as of Thursday, fines to be issued starting May 1

A decree that makes wearing protective equipment outside one's home compulsory, which was adopted by the government at its 45th session, is enforced as of Thursday, after it was published in the Official Gazette.

Skopje, 23 April 2020 (MIA) – A decree that makes wearing protective equipment outside one’s home compulsory, which was adopted by the government at its 45th session, is enforced as of Thursday, after it was published in the Official Gazette.

Wearing protective equipment is now compulsory in all indoor public places such as markets, shops, banks, posts, health institutions and when using public transport. In the open, protective equipment is mandatory at green markets and open areas that do not allow for a two-meter physical distance.

“The decree describes protective equipment as anything used to cover the mouth and nose, such as single-use or reusable face masks, silk or cotton scarfs or shawls, bandanas, etc,” the government said in a press release.

Wearing protective equipment is not compulsory if staying in the yard of one’s home, on a bicycle, when doing open-air sports, or in a passenger vehicle together with persons living with in a community or in a household, as well as if the person is wearing special protective equipment at work.

All domestic and foreign legal entities are obliged to supply employees with protective equipment and ban visitors who don’t abide by the measure from entering their place of business.

People caught violating this measure will be issued warnings until April 30. Staring May 1, natural persons who are caught violating the measure will be fined EUR 20, while legal entities will have to pay EUR 2,000. EUR 1,000 fines will be issued to heads of companies who fail to abide by the decree’s provisions.

The Interior Ministry, the State Sanitary and Health Inspectorate, the State Labor Inspectorate and the State Market Inspectorate are in charge of the implementation of this measure.

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