Many are longing for an end to face protection. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn already has suggestions on how he envisions implementation.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) considers a gradual end of the mask requirement to be conceivable in view of the sharply falling corona infection figures – but advises in case of doubt to continue wearing mouth and nose protection. “In the case of falling incidences, we should proceed in stages: In a first step, the mask requirement can generally be omitted outside,” said Spahn to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
In regions with a very low incidence and a high vaccination rate, the obligation could gradually be dropped indoors as well. “As a recommendation, there is always a simple rule: if in doubt, wear a mask – especially when traveling and at meetings indoors. There is only more security if everyone present is either vaccinated or regularly tested.”
Denmark as a model
In Denmark, the obligation to wear a mask for almost all areas of public life will be lifted from this Monday. The only exception to this is public transport – but only there if you are not sitting.
The FDP and AfD called for a complete repeal at the weekend. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach and CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt consider this possible outside, but not inside. “I can well imagine that we will omit the mask requirement where it still exists outside,” said Dobrindt in the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”. He advises caution for interiors.
CSU General Secretary Markus Blume warned in the “Bild live” talk “The right questions” against pretending that Corona was already over. He considers the distance rules and the mask requirement “to be the least unreasonable requirement and still provide very good protection”. His SPD colleague Lars Klingbeil expressed himself similarly in the talk: “I think that it doesn’t ask much of us as a society if we are now in public transport, where we really meet people, if we continue to wear the masks there. I think that’s right. “
Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) called on the states to clarify whether and where a mask requirement was still proportionate. Especially for students who have to wear masks for hours in class, this is a burden, she said the “Bild am Sonntag”.
The number of corona infections has fallen sharply in the past few weeks. At the same time, more and more people in Germany are vaccinated against the virus. More than 40 million people have received at least one vaccination, bringing the country near the 50 percent mark. More than 21 million citizens have full vaccination protection, more than one in four. According to the Robert Koch Institute, two thirds of the vaccinations were given in vaccination centers and one third in medical practices.