Germany’s government has outlined plans for new coronavirus measures for the coming autumn and winter, anticipating an increase in virus cases during the colder season.
From October through April, wearing masks on airlines and long-distance train and bus travel will be necessary throughout Germany. Mandatory mask use and the presentation of a negative coronavirus test will be required in hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities with vulnerable patients.
The country’s 16 states will adopt many other laws individually, depending on how bad the virus spreads in their regions. Masks may be worn on local public transportation, schools for pupils in grades five and up, and during public indoor events.
If virus numbers rise, some community venues, such as schools, jails, or asylum-seeker shelters, may resume regular testing, the German health and justice ministries said in a joint statement.
“Germany should be better prepared than in recent years for the next coronavirus winter,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said, adding that a vaccination programme with new vaccines would begin in the fall as well.
According to Justice Minister Marco Buschmann, special efforts will be taken to keep schools open.
The Cabinet and Parliament must yet approve the new legislation, but they are anticipated to pass. However, could this set a precedent for the rest of Europe if approved?