Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has warned against the abolition of the mask requirement in retail. He understood "the impatience and the desire for normality," wrote Spahn on Twitter. But the corona virus is "still there". Wherever the necessary distance is not always guaranteed in closed rooms, the everyday mask is therefore necessary.

Las Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern had previously announced that it wanted to abolish the mask requirement in shops. If the infection in his state remains as low as currently, he sees no reason for the mask requirement, Agriculture Minister Harry Glawe (CDU) told the world on Sunday . At the same time, he announced talks with other northern German states about a uniform approach.

The SPD chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans, however, also pleaded for the mask requirement to be retained. If all citizens continue to wear respiratory protection in the shops, "we have contained a large part of the possibility of infection," he said on the Internet program Bild live . According to Walter-Borjans, he agrees with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on this issue. He called Merkel on Sunday and agreed with her that wearing a mask in shops was a "reasonable demand".