US: Initiative for the end of mask obligation in local transport

The first federal state wants to abolish the mask obligation in buses and trains

 The first federal state wants to abolish the mask obligation in buses and trains © Picture Alliance/dpa | Jörg Carstensen Schleswig-Holstein is the first federal state to abolish mask obligation in local public transport. Schleswig-Holstein is the first federal state to abolish mask obligation in local public transport. Schleswig-Holstein is the first federal state in Germany want to abolish mask obligation in buses and trains. Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) strives not to extend mask obligation in local transport beyond the end of the year.

In the debate about the Corona protective rules, an initiative for a coordinated end of mask obligation in local public transport (public transport) comes from the countries. The chairwoman of the Minister of Transport, Bremen's Senator Maike Schaefer (Greens), said on Thursday at the request of the German Press Agency: "My goal is that the federal states agree on a uniform procedure here."

Maike Schaefer (Grüne), Vorsitzende der Verkehrsministerkonferenz und Senatorin in Bremen, spricht. © Sina Schuldt/dpa Maike Schaefer (Greens), chairwoman of the Conference of Transport Ministers and Senator in Bremen.

For a special conference of the department heads on Tuesday, Bremen therefore submitted the application as a presidency to abolish the mask obligation in public transport nationwide for the introduction of the planned “Germany ticket” in early March. "But that must be subject to the fact that it allows the pandemielage."

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The federal states can decide on the mask obligation in buses and lanes of local transport. However, according to the Infection Protection Act, a FFP2 mask obligation is laid down nationwide for long-distance trains and long-distance buses nationwide by April 7, 2023. An advance for an end to the obligation in public transport has already come from Schleswig -Holstein - with a view to the turn of the year.

A nationwide “Germany ticket” with an introductory price of 49 euros a month is to come in the new year and build on the popular 9-euro tickets from the summer. The exact start date is open.

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