Masks until spring 2022 in Germany. The German health ministry is preparing to recommend the extension of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, to avoid a surge in new cases in the coming months. Looking ahead to autumn and winter, protective measures will still be needed “to safeguard the health system from excessive burden and groups of people who cannot vaccinate themselves from a serious illness,” the ministry said in a report obtained by the DPA. However, the necessary measures will likely be more moderate than those imposed last autumn-winter, thanks to the country’s progress in vaccination campaigns. “A drastic lockdown like in the second and third waves will probably not be necessary,” the report said.
Along with vaccinations, additional measures will be necessary, such as respecting social distancing, wearing a mask and other rules, in all those places where many people are gathered in indoor spaces, with other provisions imposed according to the rates of contagion. Protective medical masks will be needed “until spring 2022”, particularly on public transport and in shops. For unvaccinated people, in particular, additional restrictions may be needed, the report adds, citing contact restrictions and even limits on access to events and restaurants. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Laender presidents should discuss how to deal with the increase in infections on 10 August.