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The mask requirement still applies here

These days, the mask requirement for shopping or leisure is falling in almost all federal states. Nevertheless, there are still some shops or leisure facilities that still require mouth and nose protection.

Only Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are taking even tougher action: there is a state-wide hotspot regulation and the mask requirement continues to apply across the board. In all other federal states, the mask requirement in supermarkets or shops, in hotels or theaters, cinemas, museums either fell on April 1st or 2nd or the measure will be abolished from April 3rd.

Ultimately, however, domiciliary rights lie with the individual retail chains or owners, they can decide whether masks are still compulsory in their shops or leisure facilities. Some have opted for it, but the majority have opposed it.

Masks are compulsory for large supermarket chains

While the big supermarket and discounter groups like Aldi, LidlPenny, Kaufland and Rewe have already announced that they will abolish the obligation to wear masks, depending on the requirements in the respective federal state, or that they will comply with the requirements as soon as they are determined Edeka-Group as a special case.

Many branches are owner-managed and can therefore decide individually on the measures in the respective market. However, Edeka also announced that it would not generally maintain the mask requirement. “We don’t have the options for controls,” a spokeswoman for the dpa news agency was quoted as saying.

Nevertheless, a few retailers, for example in North Rhine-Westphalia, want to stick to the mask requirement. This is shown by a survey of 400 retailers by the North Rhine Trade Association. 17 percent of retailers said they wanted to enforce an in-house mask requirement. Around 44 percent want to maintain the mask requirement, at least among employees.

The SWR has also found a small owner-managed supermarket in Heidelberg, where the mask requirement should continue to apply. The regulars are older and the retail space is so small, the owner told SWR.

Many restaurateurs, cultural institutions and pharmacies remain subject to the mask requirement

As the RBB reports, many hotels and restaurants in Berlin are sticking to the mask requirement. “The incidences are extremely high, which is why the hotels and restaurants are divided on the question of how they want to deal with the omission of the mask requirement,” Thomas Lengfelder, general manager of the Berlin hotel and restaurant association Dehoga, is quoted as saying. Around half of the companies initially want to keep the mask requirement.

The mask requirement should also continue to apply in the Berlin pharmacies, said the spokesman for the Berlin Pharmacist Association, Stefan Schmidt, the RBB. Among other things, a number of Berlin cultural institutions have also already declared that they want to stick to the mask requirement. These include, for example, the city’s three opera houses, the Deutsches Theater, the Schaubühne, the Berliner Ensemble and the Humboldt Forum. Within the framework of the so-called house rules, it is possible to continue to insist on the obligation to wear a mask.

Masks have also been compulsory in fitness studios, but that could change now. As the SWR reports, the employers’ association of German fitness and health facilities does not make any recommendations. However, the gyms would act cautiously and at least recommend that employees wear masks.

Uniform mask requirement remains in some areas

And nationwide, the mask requirement remains in place as part of the basic protection measures in some areas – regardless of domiciliary rights or individual decisions. This is the case in hospitals, care facilities, homes, medical practices, prisons and public transport.

The mask requirement also remains nationwide in long-distance and air traffic: Anyone who uses long-distance buses, trains or planes must continue to wear a mask both on board and at bus stops or train stations and airports.

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