From Monday 18 January, Bavarian residents will need to wear FFP2 masks on public transport and in shops, the State Chancellery said following a meeting of the federal state cabinet.
Prime Minister Markus Söder noted the downward trend in the number of new infections per day and described it as “cautiously positive”. The politician believes that the measures introduced are beginning to bear fruit. The seven-day incidence rate in Bavaria per week at the current moment is 158.8. Thus, from a leading position, Bavaria in the overall ranking of the federal states dropped to seventh place. Zöder added that so far we can only talk about an interim result, since it is unclear how much the easing introduced for the Christmas holidays will affect the number of infected people. It will be possible to say how the measures are in effect by the end of this week.
“Our goal is to make everyday life safer,” said Prime Minister Markus Söder. For this, it is imperative to wear an FFP2 mask. Regular masks are used to protect others, FFP2 masks also protect the wearer. “Masks are available. Everyone can buy them, ”summed up Zöder.
Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holechek also said that buying masks in Bavaria is not a problem. With regard to the costs of their acquisition, the minister promised that the authorities will ensure that prices do not jump.
Members of the SPD party believe that this measure is absolutely correct. However, the requirement was introduced “relatively suddenly”. Make sure there are enough masks for everyone. The authorities should “make the FFP2 masks as accessible to residents as possible,” especially for schoolchildren and teaching staff after returning to full-time education.
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