German retailers do not want to enforce the mask requirement in stores and supermarkets across the country for home rights when the nationwide Corona requirements expire in April. This was the result of a survey conducted by newspapers of the German publishing network among large supermarket chains and associations.
“The mask is already part of the daily life of many clients, but it is not a permanent solution”Said the executive director of the German trade association (HDE), Stefan Genth, the RND. “Medical experts have to assess when the time has come to lift the mask requirement.” The association does not give its members any recommendations for the period after April 2, when the transition period from the previous corona measures expires.
The Schwarz Group, to which Lidl and Kaufland belong, told the RND that basically based on the respective corona rules of the federal states and the current occupational health and safety ordinance and implements them. Therefore, a mask requirement specified solely by businesses no longer applies.
Rewe also rejected a mask requirement on his own initiative: “We are conscientiously complying with the orders given by the authorities”a company spokesperson told RND. Aldi-Nord would like to “first await political discussion and the specific design of state regulations,” a spokesman said.
The Edeka Group pointed out that many branches are managed by their owners and can “decide independently on all measures in their markets,” a company spokeswoman told RND. Therefore, no central specification is envisaged. (AFP)