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Have your say: What do you think about Germany’s 2G-plus rules?

Germany expanded the 2G-plus rule making it tougher to enter restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as other public venues in some states. But there has been confusion over the documents people need to have. We want to hear what you think.

A sign for 2G-plus rules at a restaurant in Dresden.
A sign for 2G-plus rules at a restaurant in Dresden. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

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  1. It is easy to see that there will be no end to the number of vaccines and frequency they will be required. Most of us didn’t begin thinking the government was incompetent, but these days it is hard not to wonder why they are now reducing the time of immunity, demanding boosters, and discussing more boosters. And if the numbers are worse now, with so many vaccinated, than it was a year ago, how can more vaccine mandates be expected to help? Will we be required to get a specific brand of booster every month at some point?

    1. The numbers are not worse than last year: there were 5 times more deaths in Germany last year around this time than now (165 7 days average, vs 845 last year on 20 Jan).

      And let’s not forget that last winter we were in lockdown. This winter I have been in bars, restaurants, clubs, at indoor concerts, at the gym, skiing in Austria etc etc. And in many places I have seen social mixing comparable to pre pandemic levels.

      Vaccines work and you have to twist reality (and not understand statistics) pretty badly to think they don’t. I hope that Flynn guy will show up with some Rand Paul quotes to prove me wrong.

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Do people in Germany still have to wear Covid masks on planes?

With the EU changing its Covid recommendations for flights, there is some confusion around whether people boarding a plane in Germany will still need to wear a mask. Here's what we know so far.

Do people in Germany still have to wear Covid masks on planes?

As of Monday, the aviation safety agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC no longer recommend mandatory Covid masks in airports and on planes.

However, if masks are compulsory at the point of departure or destination, this should continue to apply in aircraft as well, they say.

So, what does this mean for passengers boarding flights in Germany? At the moment, not very much at all. 

In Germany, the Infection Protection Act still stipulates that masks have to be worn on long-distance trains and planes. Masks are also compulsory on local public transport.

The previous weeks have seen Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) come out in favour of scrapping compulsory masks – especially on flights.

But so far, nothing concrete has been done to change the Infection Protection Act, which is due to expire on September 23rd. 

READ ALSO: German politicians row over lifting mandatory Covid mask rule

What are the current rules on flights? 

According to the Federal Ministry of Health, masks are compulsory on all flights taking off or landing in Germany.

FFP2 or medical masks must be worn when boarding and disembarking and throughout the flight, though they can be removed when eating and drinking.

Children under the age of six are exempt from the mask-wearing requirement. 

The ministry has argued that the obligation to wear masks also complies with the new EU recommendations. 

What are the rules acros the EU? 

In general, the relaxed EU recommendation does not mean that masks are no longer compulsory on all flights. However, many countries have kept this measure in place as a simple way to reduce infection. 

Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Ryanair, published a list of 14 EU countries in which national laws continue to require the wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of Covid.

Besides Germany, popular tourist destinations such as Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy and France are included on the list. 

In other EU countries, the airline said it would be dropping mandatory masks on flights, adding that it “welcomed” the relaxed recommendations from the EU health authorities.  

READ ALSO: Will Germany soon get rid of mandatory face masks on public transport?

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