Where the mask requirement still applies in April

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Of: Giovanni Nuss


From April, only basic protection will apply to Corona in Germany. Among other things, the mask requirement when shopping has fallen. Where the mask requirement still applies since April.

Berlin – Yes, now what? Mask to the doctor, but no mask is needed for daily shopping from Aldi, Lidl, Rewe, Edeka & Co.? The new rules in Corona Germany, which will apply from April, are currently creating confusion among the population across the country. What is clear: in most of Germany, masks will no longer be mandatory for purchases from next Saturday, April 2, 2022. There should be an obligation to wear a mask only in exceptional cases, for example in the crown hotspots, as required by the crown rules in Germany. The Corona hairdressing rules will also change from April 2022.

Crown in Germany: where the mask requirement still applies in April

This procedure was originally scheduled for March 20, when “Freedom Day” was supposed to be celebrated in Corona Germany. The course is well known: As the number of Crown infections in Germany was too high, the federal states initially decided to let the Crown rules in Germany continue until April 2.

As of April, the requirement to wear a mask during the corona pandemic will no longer apply in many areas of Germany. (Archive image) © Sina Schuldt / dpa

The crown rules in Germany will therefore expire almost completely on Saturday 2 April 2022 and only so-called basic protection will apply across the country. The goal is to protect particularly vulnerable groups who congregate indoors. This applies to hospitals, retirement homes and refugee facilities. There is an obligation to wear a mask and test. From Saturday 2 April 2022, shops, restaurants, gyms, theaters, cinemas, recreational, cultural and educational facilities will be exempt from the obligation.

Crown in Germany: what still applies in which federal state

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg: The mask requirement in retail trade in Baden-Württemberg is no longer applicable. This means you can do without a mouth and nose cover when you shop at Aldi, Lidl, Rewe & Co. every day. Masks are only mandatory in local public transport, hospitals and doctors’ offices.
  • Bavaria: In Bavaria, basic protection, unlike in other federal states, should initially continue to apply until 30 April. A mask must therefore continue to be worn there in local public transport and also in nursing homes, doctors’ offices and hospitals. In retail, however, a mask is not required in Bavaria. Corona tests in schools and daycare centers should remain mandatory.
  • Berlin: In the capital, masks are mandatory only on buses and trains, doctors’ offices, clinics and all care facilities. A test is mandatory in Berlin in clinics, prisons, care facilities, refugee accommodation, schools and daycare centers.
  • Brandenburg: The Mark is still debating whether there will be regulation for hotspots in Brandenburg. It stays in buses and trains, clinics and care facilities. In addition, the mask requirement in Brandenburg also applies to refugee accommodation and homeless homes.
  • Bremen: As long as there is no regulation for hotspots in the smaller federal state of Bremen, the mask requirement in the Bremen retail trade will be out of date. In healthcare facilities such as hospitals or at the doctor’s, however, the mask must still be worn. This also applies to public transport, the obligation to take the test in schools and kindergartens also continues to apply.
  • Hamburg: For the free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the citizenship has proclaimed a regulation for hotspots. Therefore, in the city of Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD), all Crown rules apply until April 30, 2022.
  • Hesse: In the state of Hesse, so-called basic protection applies. This means that from 2 April there will largely be no longer any obligation to wear masks or tests.
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) has asked the Schwerin state parliament to decide that the entire state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania should be declared a crown hotspot. The Corona rules will therefore continue to apply until 27 April 2022 inclusive.
  • Lower Saxony: In clinics, care facilities, prisons, doctors’ offices, buses and trains, masks are still mandatory under the rules of the Crown in Lower Saxony. The 2G standard and the 3G standard, on the other hand, will no longer apply, but the obligation to take the test in schools and nurseries will remain.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: In the country of Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), initially all the rules of the crown are expected to remain in place. It is still open if the state parliament declares the whole of NRW a hotspot region. This should be decided in the next few days.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: With the exception of the mask requirement in hospitals, doctors’ offices, care facilities and on buses and trains, all other crown measures in Rhineland-Palatinate are no longer applicable. From Saturday 2 April 2022, masks will no longer have to be worn in shops in Rhineland-Palatinate.
  • Saar: Just like in Rhineland-Palatinate, only simple basic protection should apply here. This means that many restrictions will be lifted for Saarland citizens.
  • Saxony: As in Hesse and Saarland, the mask and test requirement largely falls here.
  • Saxony-Anhalt: The crown measures are still under discussion in Magdeburg. They must and must be announced by Thursday 31 March 2022 at the latest. A so-called crown containment rule is said to apply as a transition until April 30.
  • Schleswig-Holstein: In the northernmost state of Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU), only the well-known basic protection will apply from Saturday 2 April 2022.
  • Thuringia: In Thuringia, too, the basic crown protection in Germany should first come into effect. It remains to be seen whether this is enough and therefore it will only be discussed in the coming days whether the rules of the crown in Thuringia should be tightened.

However, as with all rules, there are exceptions. Federal states can create individual hotspot regions. A decision of the competent state parliament is required for this. Counties, urban districts, and even entire federal states can all be classified as hotspot regions. If such a hotspot is declared, the mask requirement, distance rules and admission restrictions with 2G or 3G checks continue to apply for a limited time, even at the supermarket. * kreiszeitung.de, merkur.de, bw24.de, 24hamburg.de, wa.de and fnp.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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