Germany argues about the mask requirement

Mask requirement – yes or no? This topic leads to controversial discussions across Germany. The wearing of a mask is still regulated differently across countries.

According to police unions in buses, trains and shops, simple face masks in the corona pandemic should become mandatory across Germany. Both the German Police Union (DPolG) and the Police Union (GdP) spoke out in favor of this on Saturday. The background is the different approaches of the federal states.

Facewear “highly recommended” when shopping

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Ministers of the federal states had agreed on Wednesday to cautiously loosen the corona protective measures, “covering the face” when shopping and on public transport “strongly recommended”, but did not agree on a duty.

Saxony now wants to introduce a duty from Monday, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania will follow suit a week later. Several cities have also announced obligations. It is not about medical masks, but about simple, even homemade masks. A cloth should also be possible.

Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) justified the move on Friday evening in the MDR talk show “Riverboat”: “The truth is, nothing has changed. The virus is in the world, there is still no vaccination protection. The only thing What we can (do) to protect ourselves is to keep our distance and therefore to cover our mouth and nose. “

The Federal Government also agrees that everyday life will be different for a longer time than before Corona. “What we need now is a new normal for a long time,” said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) on the ARD. Chancellor-in-chief Helge Braun (CDU) made a similar statement.

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DPolG boss Rainer Wendt told the “Handelsblatt” that a nationwide regulation and an obligation to wear mouth-nose masks would have been desirable. GdP Vice Jörg Radek also spoke out for such a duty. A mouth-nose protection is in relation to other conditions “the less intervention for the purpose of minimizing the risk of infection”. Radek emphasized that the measure also helps police officers in their operations.

Söder: “There is a mask requirement”

Different voices came from the federal states on Saturday. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) indicated that he could imagine having to wear it. “I am convinced that everyday masks will soon become part of our public life and, for example, may soon become a requirement in local public transport as soon as they are sufficiently available,” he told the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) told the “Passauer Neue Presse”: “There is a mask requirement.” This is a clear requirement and applies to shops and local public transport.

The FDP member of the Bundestag, Gerald Ullrich, advocated that the purchase of face masks for personal use should be tax-deductible. “Those who want to wear them to protect their fellow human beings on the way to work and while shopping on public transport should not be left alone at the expense,” said Ullrich, who is also a member of the Bundestag’s Economic Affairs Committee.

With a view to the further development in the pandemic, Chancellor Braun said to Düsseldorf’s “Rheinische Post” and Bonn’s “General-Anzeiger” that the goal was to gradually return to a life with fewer restrictions. “But the epidemic is not gone. We have to learn to live with it – until there is a vaccine.”

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Bavaria’s Prime Minister Söder said that as long as there was no vaccine or medication, the restrictions had to be continued and controlled development ensured. The numbers stabilized. “But it’s a fine line to walk on.”

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