But one measure remains
Germany removes the obligation to wear masks on buses and trains
The Germans are putting an end to face masks on public transport. Until now, our neighbors still had to wear a mask when they were on buses or trains.
No more masks on German trains.
The mask requirement in long-distance public transport in Germany is to fall on February 2nd. This was announced by Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) on Friday in Berlin.
The demands for an early end to the mask requirement had recently become louder in Germany, and within the federal government it was the liberals in particular who insisted. According to the Infection Protection Act, the obligation to wear a mask in long-distance traffic should last until April 7th.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) said on Wednesday that the end had to come “as soon as possible”. Deutsche Bahn also spoke out this week for an early end to the mask requirement in long-distance transport. Similar to air transport, long-distance trains should also be voluntary, it said.
Masks are still compulsory in hospitals
In local public transport, the mask requirement has already been lifted in the federal states of Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein. Berlin, Brandenburg, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony and Baden-Württemberg plan to lift it by the beginning of next month at the latest.
After February 2nd, the mask requirement in Germany will only apply in hospitals, nursing homes, medical practices and other health facilities. (SDA)