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Lower Saxony and Bremen
Primary school students no longer have to wear a mask in class

Two weeks ago, the first relaxation of the corona virus was implemented in schools in Lower Saxony. At that time, the obligation to take the test was reduced from five to three times a week. Another loosening follows.

Hannover (dpa/lni) – Primary school students in Lower Saxony will no longer have to wear a mask in class in future. The background is the relaxed corona rules, which, according to the Ministry of Culture, will take effect from Monday. At the beginning of May, the obligation to wear a mask in class should then fall for the other years.

The Greens and the Science and Education Union (GEW) recently spoke out against this relaxation in view of the continuing high number of coronavirus infections. Education Minister Grant Hendrik Tonne (SPD), on the other hand, described the omission of the mask requirement for primary school students as a justifiable and correct relaxation.

At the beginning of March, relaxed corona rules were implemented in schools in Lower Saxony. The obligation to carry out tests has been reduced from five to three times a week. The three tests per week are usually scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The tests should always be done at home so that possible contagions are not brought to school.

According to the ministry, only students who have already been vaccinated three times against the coronavirus are exempt from this testing requirement. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), about 37 percent of 12 to 17-year-olds in Lower Saxony have received a booster vaccination.

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