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The updated Infection Protection Act contains nationwide basic measures such as the wearing of protective masks on long-distance buses and trains as well as in hospitals and care facilities. It also makes provision for additional precautions in the event that the coronavirus incidence rate situation comes to a head in individual regions.
Basic protective measures - such as mandatory wearing of masks and testing - remain in place in nursing homes, outpatient care facilities and hospitals. The requirement to wear a mask in long-distance buses and trains will also continue to apply. Masks on commercial flights are however voluntary. Additionally, patients are required to wear masks in all kind of medical practices.
The federal states retain the right to impose further protective measures to ensure the functioning of the health care system or other critical infrastructure. A mask requirement can be introduced for local public transport, publicly accessible indoor spaces and schools from the fifth grade.
In the event of a local infection threat situation, federal states can impose further protective measures including, for instance, limited numbers of visitors and distance rules. This is subject to a resolution issued by the respective state parliament.
A new Covid-19 specific occupational health and safety regulation is applicable from October 1, 2022. The new version contains the familiar measures of occupational infection control that have proven effective in the course of the pandemic.
Employers have a duty to conduct a risk assessment for their business and consider what measures are needed to protect their employees (company hygiene concept). Consideration should be given to providing "home office" working as well as testing for all employees present in the workplace.
Rapid antigen tests for asymptomatic persons are not free of charge for most citizens in Germany. Exceptions apply, for instance, to the following groups:
For detailed information about testing in Germany, please refer to the dedicated website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
For further information on the updated measures for the coming season, please refer to the FAQ provided by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The special information website for the Corona virus provided by the Federal Ministry of Health also offers useful information.You can find this fragment in the following contexts: