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Masks compulsory for public transport in Berlin
Since the 27th of April Berliners have to wear a mouth and nose protector on buses, suburban trains and underground trains. The Senate decided to make masks mandatory in order to limit the transmission of the corona virus
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New rules when boarding buses and trains
In order to protect drivers and passengers from infection, the front door of the bus is still locked and tickets are not sold by the drivers. The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) announced, that entering the buses from now on is only possible at the middle and rear doors and urges the passengers to keep your distance when entering and leaving buses and trams. Wherever technically possible, the doors of the trams and trains will be opened and closed automatically, the BVG stated.
Fines for breaches of the obligation to wear masks
Anyone without a mask on the Berlin underground and S-Bahn or on the bus will be fined from 27th of June onwards. Because recently more and more passengers did not wear a mask to protect against corona infections, the Senate had decided to impose such a sanction: Violations of the mask requirement, which has been in effect since the end of April, can result in fines of 50 to 500 euros. The police announced controls, among other things in the course of the joint patrols with the BVG, which are practiced anyway.
Mandatory masks in Berlin stores as well
From 29th of April, people in Berlin also have to wear a mouth and nose protector when shopping in order to contain the transmission of the coronavirus. It's a nationwide uniform procedure for compulsory masks. An Infratest Dimap survey published in April on behalf of RBB-"Abendschau" and "Berliner Morgenpost" showed that a majority of 60 percent of Berliners are in favour of a mask obligation in the retail sector.
Many virologists welcome compulsory masks
According to virologists, nose-mouth protection can prevent the carrier from transmitting the coronavirus to others. Such protection should not be confused with medical masks, which can also be used to protect the wearer from infection. In Berlin, not only a simple surgical mask and self-sewn or purchased models made of fabric or fleece are considered to be mouth and nose protectors. Covering the face with a cloth or scarf is also sufficient to comply with the mask obligation.
Publication date: 27. May 2022
Last updated: 13. November 2020