Wearing a mask is now compulsory in the German parliament, the president of parliament has announced.
Wolfgang Schäuble took the decision because “the development of the Sars-CoV2 pandemic continuously should be taken very seriously,” according to a statement on the parliamentary website.
Anyone sitting in plenary halls and conference rooms can take off their masks if they are at least 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) away from other people. Speakers at the microphone in the plenary hall can also remove their masks.
The German parliament is situated in the Berlin district of Mitte. On Monday, the district was marked as a risk area by the country’s infectious diseases agency after exceeding more than 50 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.