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US News Austria makes the wearing of the FFP2 mask compulsory in shops and transport

04:55  25 january  2021
04:55  25 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

FFP2 masks: These 5 most common mistakes destroy the protection!

 FFP2 masks: These 5 most common mistakes destroy the protection! © Provided by WUNDERWEIB You have to pay attention to this with FFP2 masks. FFP2 masks are supposed to offer more protection for the wearer as well as for those around you than, for example, self-made masks or paper masks. But mistakes can also happen when wearing the certified masks. Self-sewn face mask masks may soon be a thing of the past and will have to give way to the certified FFP2 masks. FFP2 masks are already mandatory in retail and in public transport, at least in Bavaria.

Germany is weighing up following Austria and Bavaria’s lead in making it compulsory to wear full protective filter masks on public transport and in shops The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Sunday that wearing single-use filtering facepiece respirator, or FFP 2 , masks would

German Health Minister Jens Spahn shows his FFP 2 face mask during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. People in the southeastern German state of Bavaria now have to wear so-called FFP 2 facemasks in shops and on public transport , and neighbouring Austria is getting ready

Un homme portant un masque FFP2 dans le métro de Berlin le 20 janvier (image d'illustration). © AP - Christoph Soeder A man wearing an FFP2 mask in the Berlin underground on January 20 (illustrative image).

While a third lockdown is in effect until February 7, the Austrians must from this Monday wear an FFP2 mask in shops and public transport. The question of their price animated the debates; the government promised they would be sold at cost in supermarkets.

With our correspondent in Vienna, Isaure Hiace

The prices of FFP2 masks have indeed fallen in supermarkets: they are now sold at 59 cents, against 2 to 4 euros a week ago. Good news for the Austrians. "I think 59 cents is correct! This makes this measure judicious, because these masks protect us better ”, rejoices a client. “For me it's fine, but I understand that it's too expensive for a lot of people,” says another.

Before the Corona summit: NRW Health Minister Laumann against the obligation to wear an FFP-2 mask

 Before the Corona summit: NRW Health Minister Laumann against the obligation to wear an FFP-2 mask Before the conference of the Prime Ministers and the Federal Chancellor on how to proceed in combating the pandemic, NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann warned against excessive resolutions. The acceptance of the measures in the population depends on the fact that they are "thought through to the end," said the CDU politician. An FFP-2 mask requirement only makes sense if enough masks are available. The compulsion to wear FFP-2 masks could lead to bottlenecks in the healthcare sector.

Germans were mandated to wear surgical masks , the FFP 2 s and the N95s on public transport and in supermarkets earlier this week. Similar rules were adopted in neighboring Austria . On Thursday, French Health Minister Olivier Veran recommended that people stop wearing homemade masks and

RT Shop . “The compulsory mask - wearing on public transport , where physical distance cannot be respected, must be paired According to reports, the French government is considering making the FFP 2 s mandatory, following the examples of Germany and Austria where people were told recently

“I am in favor of the state making a certain number of masks available to everyone free of charge. Many people are on short-time work and we can say that it's only 20 euros per month but this sum is added to the rest, ”explains a man.

How to explain this sharp drop in prices? The government has admittedly exempted these masks from VAT, but according to health economist Thomas Czypionka, this is mainly thanks to the efforts of supermarkets. “Austrian supermarkets attach great importance to public opinion, which is why they offer these masks at a very cheap price, even paying part of their own pocket. It also allows them to advertise. But if this situation continues, they will no longer want to continue and the public authorities will probably have to put their hand in their pocket, ”explains the economist.

For the most insecure people, such as the homeless, the government has promised 11 million free masks.

Austria eases its confinement, schools and businesses will reopen .
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-AUSTRIA: Austria relaxes its confinement, schools and businesses will reopen © Reuters / LISI NIESNER AUSTRIA IS SOFTENING ITS CONTAINMENT, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES WILL READ VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria on Monday announced an easing of its restrictions against the COVID-19 outbreak from next Monday, with containment replaced by a nighttime curfew while schools and businesses so-called non-essentials will reopen.

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