Lower Saxony and Bremen
Relaxing Virologist: Getting a Mask Requirement
03/15/2022 8:56 am
Hanover (dpa / lni) – Despite the continuing high number of corona infections, Thomas Schulz, a virologist at the Medical University of Hanover, considers the relaxation planned for next week to be non-critical. “From my point of view, the only measure that should be maintained is the obligation to wear a mask,” he told “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung” (Tuesday). “It should continue to be available not only on the bus or train, but also in shops. It offers good protection against infection. It would also make sense in schools.” In the future, masks will only be mandatory in nursing homes, clinics, buses and trains.
According to a federal and state decision, many protective measures against the coronavirus will be removed across the country from March 20. The federal government’s draft for the future rules was openly criticized in Lower Saxony. Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) said last week that the federal states would lose numerous options for action.
Lower Saxony’s Economics Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bernd Althusmann called for the federal government’s corona easing plan to be reviewed. This must be adapted immediately to the latest news, the CDU politician told dpa. “Anyone who relaxes almost everything in this situation is not acting responsibly.” Under no circumstances should there be an almost complete lifting of all measures outside the so-called hotspots. Althusmann announced that Lower Saxony would use the transitional rules option until April 2.