From Monday 18 January, Bavarian residents are required to wear FFP2 masks in shops and public transport. This decision of the Bavarian authorities caused a storm of criticism.
Reacting to the misunderstanding and at the same time, speaking in defense of the innovation, the Prime Minister of Bavaria Markus Söder announced that during the first week after the introduction of the regulation, fines for those who could not, did not have time to buy FFP2 masks, or did not know about the new requirement will not be imposed. The week of January 18 will be “goodwill week,” Söder said. However, within a week, violators should expect substantial fines.
Söder announced the details of a new regulation to tackle the pandemic in Bavaria. Thus, the requirement to wear FFP2 masks will not apply to children under the age of 15. For the poor or those in need, the Bavarian authorities will provide two and a half million masks free of charge. Negotiations with municipalities on this topic are already underway.
Zöder also explained that the purpose of introducing this measure is to minimize the number of infected people in a free state. In addition, the authorities will sooner and with a “clear conscience” be able to open a number of establishments in the event that residents of the country will wear more reliable FFP2-masks that cleanse from infection. How long this measure will last is still unknown.
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