1.6 million free FFP2 masks for those in need

1.6 million free FFP2 masks for those in need

At the start of the compulsory FFP2 masks in Berlin on Wednesday, the Senate wants to provide those in need with the more expensive masks.

A woman wearing an FFP2 mask.

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A woman wearing an FFP2 mask.

A total of 1.6 million masks are to be distributed free of charge to people with low incomes, the homeless and refugees, as announced by the Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs on 30 March 2021. Accordingly, the masks are to be distributed in facilities of the districts, the homeless assistance and in facilities of the State Office for Refugee Affairs (LAF).
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More than 600,000 residents of the capital are entitled to the free masks, according to the Senate Administration. In addition to holders of the "Berlinpass", this also includes Bafög recipients and trainees who receive the training allowance. The Senate had tightened the previously applicable obligation to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask indoors and on public transport because of high Corona infection rates. From Wednesday, FFP2 masks will be compulsory in all indoor spaces beyond one's own living quarters. There had previously been criticism of the stricter mask requirement in the social media - for example, because of the higher purchase costs for the protective masks.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 31. March 2021 09:45 Uhr

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