After some back and forth, a mask requirement will soon apply in shops, buses, and trains in Bavaria. Prime Minister Söder had recently taken a different line.
No matter how big a business is – in Bavaria, from next week on, all shops will have to wear mouth-nose protection. The same applies to public transport.
Prime Minister Markus Söder announces this in a government statement. It is not about medical masks – scarves are also sufficient if they cover the mouth and nose. “we also call this is also a mask requirement,” said Söder.
Bavaria is following suit
Bavaria is the third federal state with a mask requirement after Saxony and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
A mouth-nose guard or scarf has been worn in Saxony since Monday when shopping and in local transport. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, this applies to local transport from April 27th. There is also such a duty in individual cities.
The German government has so far only “strongly” recommended wearing masks. Last Thursday, the Bavarian State Cabinet agreed that there should be no general mask requirement, but only a “mouth guard requirement”.
Now Söder said: “Appeals alone will probably not be the safeguard.” That is why they were the first West German state to take this step.
Help for parents and artists
Söder also announced that parents will not have to pay any kindergarten or daycare fees for the next three months if they are closed because of the Corona crisis.
Also, Bavaria wants to help artists in the state with 1,000 euros per month. While cultural institutions are already being helped with the measures taken to date, there is admittedly a group “that falls through every grid,” said the Prime Minister.
The roughly 30,000 artists who are also organized in the artists’ social security fund would, therefore, receive 1,000 euros per month.