In view of the end of the corona mask requirement on long-distance trains at the beginning of February, the social association VdK insists on continued important protection for risk groups.
President Verena Bentele told the German Press Agency that people with previous illnesses, disabilities or old age are concentrated in health and care facilities and are particularly at risk.
Masks should therefore continue to be worn there.
"Some employees or residents may find this a burden, but our consideration is clearly in favor of a mask requirement."
Bentele explained that many people, especially those with previous illnesses, were still worried about a possible infection on buses and trains.
Everyone can decide for themselves to continue wearing a mask there, but the protection is limited.
Therefore, tailor-made solutions should be considered.
Separate areas for mask wearers
"For example, separate areas that are reserved for people who want a mask would be conceivable," said the VdK President.
"In the ICE there are already comparable divisions with quiet areas or areas for mobile phones.
Then everyone can decide for themselves whether or not to wear a mask and go to the designated area.”
The nationwide obligation to wear masks on long-distance trains and long-distance buses is stipulated in the Infection Protection Act until April 7th, but according to plans by the federal government, it should be abolished on February 2nd.
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) justified this with the stabilized pandemic situation.
However, he wants to stick to the existing mask requirements in clinics, practices and nursing homes, while the co-governing FDP calls for an earlier end to further corona measures.