FFP2 obligation extended, in night gastro ‘3G’ alternative

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The extension of the mask obligation and the shortening of the isolation period for people infected with Corona, which was already announced on Friday, is now fixed. After a tough discussion within the coalition, the Ministry of Health presented the new rules Wednesday afternoon. According to the new regulations, the obligation to wear a mask will be extended to all indoor areas. For night catering and events with 100 or more people without seats, it will alternatively be possible to admit people without masks, but with 3G proof.

The changes will come into force on Thursday. Health Minister Johannes Rauch had already announced the core of the changes last Friday, still talking about a general obligation to wear masks indoors, which should have come into force today, Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, a somewhat softened version was agreed upon.

The FFP2 mask must indeed be worn everywhere indoors in the future. However, there are several exceptions: In addition to private living areas, masks generally do not have to be worn at the point of administration in the catering industry (where masks usually are compulsory), nor at rehearsals or artistic performances in fixed compositions (professional as well as private).

In general, masks do not have to be worn by up to 100 people (e.g., at smaller events). However, for events with 100 or more persons with assigned seating (theatre, opera, cinema, etc.), the FFP2 obligation applies. For events with 100 or more people without assigned seating (such as parties or wedding celebrations), the organizer can alternatively carry out a 3G check, in which case no mask obligation applies.

The 3G variant (Vaccinated, Convalescent, Tested) is also possible in night catering: the operator can independently choose to introduce FFP2 compulsory or 3G controls. The mask rules apply from Thursday up to and including 16 April.

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