Minister: mask requirement in Lower Saxony remains in force | Free press

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Shopping without a mask when corona numbers are low? Hard to imagine for many. In addition to keeping a distance and washing hands, the mask is part of the basic protection against the virus.

Hanover (dpa) – Health Minister Daniela Behrens (SPD) has taken a position in the debate on the short-term lifting of the mask requirement in the retail sector in Lower Saxony.

«The obligation to cover mouth and nose will not be canceled in #Niedersachsen. #MNB saves lives, ”Behrens said on Twitter on Friday in response to criticism of the state plans. A final decision is expected in the afternoon.

The government had considered lifting the mask requirement in regions with a stable seven-day incidence under 35, starting on Tuesday after Pentecost. After the short-term relaxation plans were announced the day before, the government was heavily criticized.

Under the hashtag «#diemaskebleibtauf», many Twitter users stated that they did not agree with such a scheme. For example, a tweet said that wearing a protective mask was “a gesture of decency” as long as not everyone who wanted to be vaccinated had been vaccinated.

The opinion that the mask is a sign of solidarity and that it means protection for yourself and others is widely shared on social networks. A tweet said: “Germany put on the mask too late. Now it has to be removed too soon. That costs human lives. “Some users have assured that they don’t want to enter a store without a mask requirement – and would rather shop online.

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