The SPD Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has criticized the abolition of the FFP2 mask requirement in local public transport in Bavaria. In view of the Corona summer wave, this was a clear mistake, Lauterbach wrote on Saturday on Twitter (spelling as in the original):
“In Bavaria, ffp2 masks are compulsory on the bus and train despite the summer wave, a clear mistake. Loosening up in the wave seems illogical and discredits the simultaneous call for more measures by the federal government. I’m sure Health Minister Holetschek was outvoted.”
In Bavaria, ffp2 is compulsory to wear a mask on the bus and train despite the summer wave, a clear mistake. Relaxing in the wave seems illogical and discredits the simultaneous call for more measures by the federal government. I’m sure Health Minister Holetschek was outvoted https://t.co/C35l8aV1Ui
— Professor Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) July 2, 2022
Since this Saturday, only a medical mask has been prescribed on buses and trains in Bavaria instead of the FFP2. The Bavarian cabinet had decided on the corresponding change in the Corona Ordinance on Tuesday. The Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek justified the measure as follows:
“We are therefore relying more on the personal responsibility of the citizens. In the hot summer months, as we are experiencing them now, and under the current pandemic conditions, we consider this to be proportionate.”
At the height of the Corona crisis, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder was considered the leading representative of the so-called “Caution Team”, which tried to distinguish itself with ever new demands for tightening. The current relief suggests that Söder no longer expects any political profit when it comes to Corona.
In other federal states such as Berlin and Hamburg, passengers are currently still required to wear an FFP2 mask on buses and trains, although inspectors often also accept surgical masks. Elsewhere, for example in Saxony, a surgical mask is sufficient.
The medical benefit of wearing a mask to protect against infection is fundamentally scientifically controversial. This applies all the more to the FFP2 mask, which is only more widespread in Germany and Austria.
While the Berlin Senate, which continues to insist on wearing such masks in local transport, spoke of a significant minimization of the risk of infection, the German Society for Hospital Hygiene explained that these masks do more harm than good and their prescribed use endangers the population.
more on the subject – Despite the summer heat: Berlin extends the obligation to wear masks on buses and trains until the end of July