Munich (dpa / lby) - The Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) delivers 200,000 KN95 masks to its 73 district associations.

The masks should, for example, be handed over to the boards, but also to appropriate facilities such as workshops for the disabled or directly to citizens in need, as the BRK announced on Sunday.

At the beginning of last year, it had set up a pandemic central warehouse and stored material for emergency needs.

The masks are now being distributed to those in need in addition to the 2.5 million FFP2 protective masks of the Free State of Bavaria.

Prime Minister Markus Söder and Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (both CSU) announced on Wednesday that they would make 2.5 million FFP2 protective masks available free of charge for those in need - initially five per person.


Holetschek explained that protection standards that are considered equivalent to FFP2 will also be permitted, such as masks with the identifier KN95.

From Monday, an FFP2 mask is mandatory in buses, trains and shops in Bavaria.

Communication BRK