Mandatory masks now in Berlin stores
Nationwide uniform procedure for compulsory masks: From Wednesday, people in Berlin will now also have to wear a mouth and nose protector when shopping in order to contain the transmission of the coronavirus.
A shop owner is standing in front of the entrance door of a fashion store and is wearing a mouth guard.
According to information from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (German Press Agency), the Senate passed a corresponding regulation for trade on 28 April 2020. Berlin is the last federal state to follow this path. Since Monday the obligation to cover mouth and nose has already been in force here for buses, underground and suburban trains. The red-red-green senate had initially refrained from such a requirement for business and left it at an urgent recommendation. However, Berlin was alone in this: all other federal states decided to make masks mandatory for local public transport and the retail trade the week before.
Survey: majority of Berliners want compulsory masks in shops
This increased the pressure to do the same in Berlin. In the past few days, several SPD politicians have turned their backs on the public, to the displeasure of the other two coalition partners, and demanded such a commitment for the retail sector. Among them was health senator Dilek Kalayci. An Infratest Dimap survey published on Monday on behalf of RBB-"Abendschau" and "Berliner Morgenpost" showed that a majority of 60 percent of Berliners would like to see a mask obligation in the retail sector as well.
Cloth or scarf is sufficient to cover the face
According to virologists, nose-mouth protection can prevent the wearer from infecting other people with the coronavirus. 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.
Next week, the Berlin Senate plans to have a total of 147,000 protective masks distributed free of charge to those in need during the Corona crisis.
Most passengers on Berlin's buses, subways and trams have been wearing masks since Monday. "We're really excited," said a spokeswoman for the Berlin public transport company BVG.
Last edited: Tuesday, 28. April 2020 15:16 Uhr