The obligation to wear masks at Berlin schools is being tightened. Next Monday (15 March 2021), pupils, teachers and other staff there will have to wear medical mouth-nose protection, i.e. FFP2 or surgical masks.
Everyday masks will then no longer suffice, as Education Senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD) announced on Thursday. With the regulation, which essentially applies to lessons and staying in the school building, the education administration is adapting its guidelines to the rules in local public transport and retail. Medical masks have been compulsory there for some time. The fact that this did not apply to schools until now was heavily criticised by the opposition.
No compulsory masks in the schoolyard outdoors
In the outdoor schoolyard, pupils can remove the mask if a minimum distance of 1.50 metres can be ensured. Most recently, the education administration said it had distributed 700,000 medical masks as well as FFP2 masks to schools. According to Scheeres, there are usually medical masks available to help out pupils who do not have their masks with them at the moment.
Last edited: Friday, 12. March 2021 08:12 Uhr