3.5 million free medical masks

3.5 million free medical masks

Around 3.5 million medical masks are to be distributed free of charge to people on low incomes, among others, in Berlin starting this week.

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    Free surgical masks are handed out
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    A man wearing an FFP2 mask.
As the spokesperson of the Senate Department for Labour and Social Affairs, Stefan Strauß, announced on 25 January 2021, the delivery to the districts has already been completed on Monday, who will then organise the distribution. Five free masks each are available for people who do not have much money in their pockets.

Bafög recipients and trainees will recive masks too

According to the spokesperson, not only the approximately 682,600 needy people with the "berlinpass", which recipients of social assistance and Hartz IV benefits receive, but also, for example, Bafög (Student loan) recipients or trainees who receive training allowances, are entitled to these. The Senate Administration itself organises the distribution of masks to homeless people and refugees. For example, the social administration supplies the Kältehilfe and the State Office for Refugee Affairs (LAF), which then distribute the masks in the corresponding accommodation, said Strauß.

Surgical masks for particularly vulnerable groups of people

In all cases, it is mainly about so-called surgical masks, but also partly about FFP2 masks, which are primarily to be issued to vulnerable groups of people such as people with pre-existing conditions, as the spokesperson explained. Wearing such masks has been compulsory in Berlin since Sunday when shopping and using public transport. If necessary, the number of free masks will be increased, Strauß said.
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Neukölln begins distribution on Tuesday

In a letter to the district mayors and social councillors, the senate administration had encouraged the districts to proceed in an accommodating and unbureaucratic manner, said Strauß. He pointed to the example of Neukölln. The district office had already announced on Friday that it would hand out masks at four drop-off points in various districts and at weekly markets from Tuesday.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Tuesday, 26. January 2021 14:59 Uhr

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