In Germany, there are no plans to end the mask requirement in public transport for the time being, as government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit announced on Friday. Transport Minister Volker Wissing had previously spoken out in favor of ending the mask requirement on buses, trains and planes.
For the time being, the federal government is not planning to end the obligation to wear masks on public transport. As government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit announced on Friday in Berlin, the obligation on buses and trains, where you cannot keep distances and sit together in a small space, has so far been issued for good reason. He could not report that there are now plans to lift the mask requirement. At the same time, with a view to the summer, he referred to the current discussion that “one always has to adapt to the pandemic.”
Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) had previously spoken out in favor of ending the mask requirement on buses, trains and planes. However, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) rejected the proposal and wrote on Twitter that with up to 150 deaths a day in connection with Corona and still very high incidences, “there is no leeway to do without masks in public transport.” The Greens also objected. So said the Green MP Janosch Dahmen dpa it would be “unreasonable” to lift the obligation now.
“We need protective masks on trains and buses for a safe summer.”
The mask requirement for events or when shopping had been eliminated in large parts of Germany since the beginning of April. The nationwide mask requirement on airplanes and long-distance trains is set out in the Infection Protection Act until September 23rd. Masks are also compulsory in local transport by bus and train, but this is enacted by the federal states.
Transport Minister Wissing explained in the ARD further, he is concerned with a uniform approach in Europe:
“In some countries you don’t have to wear a mask. If you get on board in Germany, you should wear a mask. There is no German corona virus, it’s a uniform problem in Europe.”
The German travel association also warned of a “patchwork of regulations when traveling in Europe that no traveler can understand and understand anymore.” The mask requirement for flights should therefore also end in Germany. The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, also spoke out in favor of ending the mask requirement in public transport. Opposite of Rheinische Post he explained:
“The mask requirement in airplanes is not medically required. In airplane cabins, the air is exchanged every four minutes.”
FDP Vice Wolfgang Kubicki also accused Lauterbach and Dahmen of “unproven scaremongering”.
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