Passengers on buses and trains have to be prepared for greater control of the mask requirement.

From October onwards, there will be regional, supra-regional and nationwide priority controls on certain days.

Representatives of the federal, state and local authorities as well as the federal police, transport companies and trade unions have agreed on this.

"The responsible authorities as well as the transport companies will visibly increase their measures to control and comply with the mask requirement", it says in the statement that is available to the German press agency.

The days of action should therefore set a sign of the common will to comply with the mask requirement.

Depending on state law, the controls should also be extended to train stations and stops.

Mask compulsory even in busy places?

The majority of people in Germany could imagine a mask requirement outside of means of transport, shops and buildings.

According to the polling institute YouGov, 61 percent stated that they felt that it was compulsory to wear a mask in public places and in city centers as "appropriate" or "rather appropriate".

30 percent of the respondents found this inappropriate, 8 percent gave no answer.

Older people were more likely to advocate such a restriction than younger people.

In view of the increasing number of infections, Bavaria recently tightened the mask requirement: In particularly affected communities, mouth and nose protection must be worn there in the future, even in heavily frequented public places.

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