Jena (dpa / th) - With Jena, another municipality in Thuringia is donating free face masks to people with low incomes to protect against corona infection.

Starting next Tuesday, people with a corresponding Jenabonus authorization card will receive three FFP2 masks and ten medical mouth and nose masks free of charge, as the city administration announced on Friday.

The offer is aimed, among other things, at pensioners who receive housing benefit and families who receive child allowance, recipients of Hartz IV benefits and asylum seekers.

It is a one-time offer for this group of people.

The city of Weimar has also announced that it will give free FFP2 masks to low-income people.

The offer is initially valid until the end of April.

Free masks are also currently being discussed in state politics.

The SPD parliamentary group this week demanded free FFP2 masks for citizens, which should be worn in buses and trains in the future according to the federal-state decision last Tuesday.

The SPD MP Cornelia Klisch had brought a sum of at least 20 million euros from state funds into play.


According to Karola Stange, member of the Left State Parliament on Friday, Health and Social Affairs Minister Heike Werner (Linke) intends to provide free medical face masks to recipients of Hartz IV benefits, poor pensioners and asylum seekers until April.

This now requires the approval of Finance Minister Heike Taubert (SPD).

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