| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Germany to drop COVID mask requirement on flights

Germany will shortly remove mask regulations for commercial flights introduced during the COVID-19 epidemic, according to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, after flagship carrier Lufthansa protested that the rule was no longer enforced.

Authorities will focus instead on making sure people wear face-and-mouth coverings on public transport in Germany, Lauterbach said in Berlin, after the coalition government agreed to axe the measure.

Germany is well prepared for a potential rise in cases this autumn, according to the minister, who said mask-wearing rules may return in some indoor or outdoor spaces if infections surge.

Restaurants owners and event organisers could also be asked to limit the number of guests again.

  • Reuters