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German mask regulations, state by state
April 23, 2020

Baden-Württemberg: wearing a mask will be mandatory in shops and when using public transportation as of Monday, April 27. Even a simple face cover will contribute to delaying the spread of the virus, said Minister President Winfried Kretschmann.

Bavaria: citizens will be required to cover their noses and mouths as of April 27 on public transportation, on train platforms, in taxis/Ubers, and in shops. Children under age 7 do not need to wear masks. There will be a fine for everyone refusing to wear a mask, but it is not yet clear how high this fine will be.

Berlin (update 4/28): The obligation to wear a mouth and nose mask, which has been in force in Berlin’s public transport system since Monday, is being extended to the retail sector.

The obligation to wear a mouth and nose mask, which has been in force in Berlin’s public transport system since April 28 is being extended to the retail sector starting April 30. Please note – children up to the age of six will no longer be required to wear a face mask.

Brandenburg: As of Monday (4/27), masks will be mandatory on trains, busses and trams, announced Interior Minister Michael Stübgen (CDU). The city of Potsdam goes even further. The local Bergmann hospital had registered a high number of Corona cases. Therefore, masks will become mandatory in the state capital from Monday when shopping.

Bremen: As the last federal state, Bremen introduced a regulation making mouth-nose protection mandatory. It will be passed on Friday and take effect for public transportation and shopping on Monday.

Hamburg: wearing a mask will become mandatory on Monday, April 27, announced Hamburg’s mayor Peter Tschentscher. The masks will have to be worn in retail stores, at farmers’ markets and on public transportation.

Hesse: a mask is required on public transportation, in shops, banks, and post offices. The requirement is to go into effect April 27 and applies to everyone six and older. Repeat offenders may be fined 50 euros. Please note – some municipalities are have stricter mask requirements. Bad Homburg, for instance, will require anyone outside to wear a mask, so please check with your local government.

Lower Saxony: The Ministry of Health announced wearing masks will become mandatory when using public transportation and shopping in retail stores as of April 27.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: masks will be mandatory as of Monday, (4/27) on public transportation, and, since the requirement was tightened on Wednesday, also in shops. Face protection will also have to be worn in libraries.

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW): As of Monday (4/27), NRW will also make wearing a mask mandatory when shopping and taking busses or trains.

Rhineland-Palatinate: As of April 27, mouth-nose protection will be mandatory when shopping or using public transportation.

Saarland: Masks will be mandatory here as of Monday (4/27) for people who want to go to shops or use public transportation.

Saxony: masks have been mandatory since Monday in shops and when using public transportation. This federal state was the first in Germany to make face covering mandatory. A simple cloth or scarf, however, are sufficient to cover nose and mouth.

Saxony-Anhalt: will start to introduce mandatory masks when shopping or using public transportation on Thursday (April 23). A scarf or a cloth suffice, they said. Infractions would initially not be punishable by fine.

Schleswig-Holstein: As of April 29, masks will be mandatory when shopping and using public transportation. People now have a week to prepare, said Minister President Daniel Günther (CDU). The important thing is for PPE masks to be reserved for medical personnel, he added.

Thuringia: citizens will have to wear masks as of Friday (4/24) on public transportation and in shops, the state government in Erfurt decided. In Jena and Nordhausen, wearing a mask has been mandatory since early early April.