Germany’s Federal Health Minister, Karl Lauterbach, plans to make the requirement to wear a face mask mandatory for indoor areas for six months out of the year, according to reports.
The minister is believed to be planning to bring back the mask-wearing rule to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the fall and winter, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to I Am Expat, the Federal Minister said last week that Germany needs to prepare for a new wave of coronavirus infections in the colder half of the year, suggesting the country needs a new set of rules for the fall and winter.
The minister has already drawn up a seven-point plan. It was explained that the seven-point plan includes a new vaccination campaign with three different vaccines and changes to the free COVID-19 testing program.
In addition, the plan includes elements aimed at improving the provision of effective medicines and hygiene concepts in places such as nursing homes. It also aims to reduce closures in schools and child care centers and requires a review of the Infection Protection Act before its expiration date.
Although many media outlets have reported that the government plans to reintroduce the mask requirement for indoor public places, the minister has not made any official statement yet.
The Infection Protection Act is set to expire in September, which means a new seven-point plan is being prepared to replace it.
However, German authorities have not yet confirmed whether new rules will be introduced once the summer is over.
The latest data from the World Health Organization shows that Germany has reported 345,910 new cases of coronavirus in the past seven days.
For vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control showed that 92.9% of the adult population had completed their primary vaccination, and 71.5% had received a booster dose as of June 7.
Germany recently canceled all COVID-19 entry rules. Since June 11, Germany has been allowing all travelers to enter without restrictions.
All travelers, regardless of their country of origin, can now enter Germany without the need for a valid vaccination, recovery or test certificate. In addition, travelers no longer need to provide a reason for their trip upon arrival in Germany.
Aside from lifting entry rules for incoming travelers, Germany also eased local COVID-19 restrictions earlier in April.
The decision to ease coronavirus rules was made after considering the high vaccination rates within the country and outside the world.