Starting tomorrow, new rules in Germany: Masks will still be mandatory in these places

For about two years we have to wear masks in supermarkets and other closed public places such as restaurants, cinemas, museums and schools. At first, cloth masks were sufficient, but then regulations in Germany and many other countries tightened and medical masks such as FFP2 became standard almost everywhere.

Starting next Sunday, the obligation to wear masks will be abolished in Germany in many places – where everyone will be able to decide for themselves whether they want to wear a mask.

German health minister recommends continuing to wear masks

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) recommends continuing to wear masks indoors, despite the lifting of most coronavirus restrictions. Lauterbach says he will do so while shopping, for example, “I also advise every citizen to do so,” – The SPD politician said in an “Interview of the Week” on Deutschlandfunk radio. “The risk of getting infected has rarely been higher than it is today” – The minister stressed.

Where masks will be mandatory in Germany in the future?

The revised Infection Protection Act contains only a few requirements for wearing masks in everyday life.

▶︎ Throughout the country, masks will be mandatory on ICE, Intercity trains and airplanes.

▶︎ States may also impose general mask requirements in facilities where at-risk individuals live or reside: For example, doctors’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, and community facilities for asylum seekers.

▶︎ Masks will then also be mandatory on local buses and trains.

▶︎ Wider mask requirements, for example in schools or stores, are only possible if a state, by a resolution of the state parliament, applies the hotspot principle in regions in a particularly critical situation. So far, of the 16 federal states, only Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hamburg are doing so.

Are there any other exceptions for masks in Germany?

Even against regulations at the national level, some places may have rules regarding masks, but also vaccination certificates, if a company or, for example, a pub owner decides to make use of the so-called Hausrecht (landlord’s right). Companies, pubs and stores are free to determine and enforce these rules on their premises.

In Berlin, for example, many cultural institutions comply with the requirement to wear masks – from the three main opera houses to the state theaters and museums. Many retail chains, on the other hand, are abandoning them for now, but are appealing to customers to continue to voluntarily come in wearing masks.

Big retail chains in Germany have announced the abolition of mandatory masks

As we have already written, many supermarket chains in Germany, such as REWE, Lidl, and Aldi, have announced that the requirement to wear masks will be abolished. Details: These stores in Germany will soon do away with mandatory masks!


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