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Germany announces new Covid-19 measures for autumn and winter

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The federal government has presented its plans for new coronavirus measures for the coming autumn and winter as it expects virus cases to pick up again in the colder seasons.

In planes and on long-distance journeys by train and bus, masks are mandatory nationwide from October to the beginning of April.

For hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities with people at risk, masks are compulsory and a negative corona test must be presented.

Many other rules are implemented individually by the country’s 16 states, depending on how much the virus is spreading in their regions.

This could include wearing masks on public transport, in schools for students in the fifth grade and up, and at indoor public events.

The German health and justice ministers said in a joint statement that some community facilities such as schools, prisons or accommodation for asylum seekers could carry out regular tests again if the virus numbers increased.

“Germany should be better prepared for the next Corona winter than in previous years,” said Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, adding that a vaccination campaign with new vaccines will also start in autumn.

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann added that special efforts are being made to keep schools open.

“Children have the right to an education and to have as carefree a school day as possible. School closures must therefore not be allowed,” said Buschmann, adding that states “can only enforce a mask requirement in schools if this is necessary in order to be able to continue to offer face-to-face teaching”.

The new rules have yet to go to Cabinet and Parliament but are expected to be passed.

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