In Germany, the federal state of Bavaria introduced the mandatory wearing of masks with an increased level of protection FFP2 in shops and in transport, the new rule will apply from January 24.
Reported by The Guardian.
Exceptions have so far been made only for bus drivers, conductors, and children under 15 years old.
At the same time, it is reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of 16 federal states plan to discuss at a meeting on Tuesday, the introduction of such a measure throughout the country. In addition, they intend to consider the introduction of other restrictions, such as a curfew.
At the same time, the publication notes that FFP2 masks are more expensive than conventional masks, and the introduction of new rules and increased demand in this regard may further raise their prices.
It should be noted that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also announced on Sunday that the wearing of the FFP2 disposable filter respirator will become mandatory on public transport and in stores from 25 January.
We will remind you, earlier in Germany proposed to ease quarantine restrictions for those who were vaccinated against coronavirus.
We also wrote that Switzerland is planning to hold a referendum on whether the country's government should be deprived of its authority to make decisions on the introduction of quarantines and other measures to slow down the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.