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Compulsory face masks for StädteRegion Aachen

From 27 April 2020 covering of the mouth and nose while using public transport and entering retail spaces will be compulsory across North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the interests of a joint approach, the Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Minister Presidents of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Saarland have agreed to make it compulsory for residents and visitors to wear a mouth and nose cover or an "everyday mask" on public transport and when shopping from 27 April onwards. Residents and commercial enterprises will be given the necessary time to prepare for the new regulations when they come into force on Monday. Until then, residents are urgently requested to cover their mouths and noses on public transport and when shopping in retail outlets.

"We must do everything that helps us to find the way back to a responsible normality."

Armin Laschet, Minister President, North Rhine-Westphalia Minister President Armin Laschet explains: "North Rhine-Westphalia remains true to its line: The return to a responsible normality remains closely linked to a consistently pursued protection of health. We need similar regulations in all German states, if possible. The most important thing remains: keeping our distance and the consistent adherence to hygiene rules. According to experts, wearing everyday masks can also help to reduce the risk of infection. We have to do everything that helps to prudently find our way back to a life of normality. Making masks compulsory in some areas of public life can provide useful support in this respect." North Rhine-Westphalia will adapt its regulations in the retail trade with its neighboring states of Lower Saxony, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate and the vast majority of the other states in such a way that from Monday onwards it will also be possible, subject to conditions relating to hygiene, access control and the avoidance of queues, to open those stores that can reduce their sales area to a maximum of 800 square metres of sales space. This decision in collaboration with almost all [German] states also follows our culture of balance, which gives priority to the protection of health and life while at the same time taking into account the location of companies and workplaces".

Image: Die Landesregierung Nordrhein-Westfalen

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