The spokesperson of the German Capital City Council announced that starting from Wednesday, the use of FFP2 protective masks in public places in Berlin will be mandatory.
Compared with conventional surgical masks, FFP2 protective masks have a thicker protective layer and a denser weave, and provide better protection. FFP2 must be worn in Berlin’s public transport, medical facilities, shops and cultural institutions from the middle of next week. Protective mask.
A spokeswoman said: “It’s not enough just to use a mask.”
Germany is being hit by the third severe wave of coronavirus, which is mainly a British, more contagious variant of the disease.
Due to the sharp increase in the number of new infections, many leading German politicians on Sunday called for a special meeting of the federal and provincial governments to take stricter measures on Easter.
The Berlin authorities hope to take some small steps to relax the national blockade. On the other hand, they hope to strengthen testing.
Residents of the capital have criticized the obligation to wear FFP2 masks on social media, which are much more expensive than surgical masks.
The 7-day incidence rate recorded by the Robert Koch State Epidemiology Institute on Sunday was 129.7, which was much higher than the incidence rate on Friday, which was still 119.1.
There are also concerns about the upcoming Easter holiday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel withdrew the plan and shut down from April 1 to 6 (Wednesday), calling it a mistake. Presumably, the decision was withdrawn due to the boycott of the federal provinces and the impossibility of making Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday a non-working holiday.