Coronavirus: Germany holds back sanitary measures for autumn and winter

Coronavirus: Germany holds back sanitary measures for autumn and winter

A series of measures came into force in Germany on Saturday to prevent a possible wave of coronavirus infections from this fall and winter.

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TookThe FFP2 mask has become mandatory from the age of 14 on long distance trains. Earlier surgical masks were enough. However, these are accepted for children 6 to 13 years old.

At the same time, the duty of mouth mask on the plane falls on October 1. Several EU countries and airlines had already relaxed the measure during the summer.

The FFP2 mask is also mandatory in hospitals, nursing homes and medical practices. A negative test is also required for visitors to nursing homes and hospitals. Employees should be tested several times a week.

Starting Saturday, local officials are also able to wear masks on local train and bus connections as well as in indoor public places such as shops and restaurants.

A test may also be required in schools and nurseries. To maintain face-to-face lessons, it is also possible to wear a mask from the age of 11.

If pandemic indicators worsen, the lander will also be able to consolidate measures.

According to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, Germany is “clearly at the beginning of an autumn and winter wave” but the country is also better prepared than last year.

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