Local authorities have imposed to wear protective FFP2 overloop NR face masks 5s – instead of surgical face masks- on long-distance trains for people aged over 14, as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ offices. In the latter two centers, people will also have to submit a negative Covid-19 test before entering. Employees must be tested several times a week.
According to the European Union (EU) standard EN 149, FFP face masks are divided into three classes according to their filtering effectiveness, in the case of FFP2 reaching up to 92% protection.
As a further regulation, EU authorities may also introduce the mandatory use of face masks in trains and local buses, as well as in indoor areas such as stores, restaurants and assembly halls.
If the pandemic situation worsens, authorities may require mandatory coronavirus testing at schools and day-care centers, as well as the mandatory use of face masks, if necessary, in order to keep classes open, but only from the fifth grade onwards (11 years), or impose new provisions.
On Friday, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach declared that Germany is clearly facing up the beginning of an autumn and winter fresh wave, but that her country is now better prepared than it was a year ago.