Information from the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration on compulsory mask-wearing in Hesse
Citizens in Hesse must wear a mouth-nose covering since spring 2020, and it has been compulsory to wear a medical mask in some areas since 23 January 2021. The existing obligations to wear a mask were again standardized in the Corona Virus Protection Ordinance (CoSchuV) from 23.06.2021.
A surgical mask or protective mask at standards FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable without exhalation valve (medical mask) must be worn:
- in local and long-distance transport, e.g. buses, trains, taxis, ships, ferries and aircraft
- in railway stations and airports in addition to bus stops, underground stations and on station platforms
- in crowded situations, when a minimum spacing of 1.5 metres from people in other households cannot be maintained, especially in queues
- in interior areas of work and production sites. This does not apply when seated in areas not accessible to the public, provided that a spacing of 1.5 meters from other persons can be safely maintained.
- In indoor public areas of wholesale and retail trade (wholesalers and retailers), filling stations, laundries, bank and post office branches, at weekly markets, etc. and in fact everywhere where customers have access.
- in covered shopping centres and in covered streets and areas with shops and shopping streets
- during participation in gatherings of religious communities for the communal practice of religion as well as funeral services and funerals in closed rooms until seated
- in interior public areas of service establishments and comparable facilities. The mask requirement applies to both customers and service providers.
- in all healthcare facilities such as hospitals and doctors' surgeries
- in colleges, professional and music academies, and in buildings used by them, as well as in archives and libraries until seated
- in indoor public areas of overnight accommodation until a seat is taken, for example in bar or restaurant areas or in the lobby
- during participation in educational services which take place in closed rooms until seated
- during participation in offers of the state child and youth work including vacation care measures, short-term educational measures in addition to youth social work, which take place in closed rooms until seated
- during direct personal contact during the provision of services by interdisciplinary or curative early intervention centres for disabled children or children at risk of becoming disabled, curative practices, autism centres and family support services for the disabled, insofar as this takes place in closed rooms and as long as fixed seating is not taken up
- in school buildings and buildings of other educational institutions until seated. During the first two teaching weeks after the end of the school holidays and in the event of an infection in the school class, a medical mask must also be worn when seated. In the event of an outbreak at the school, the public health department together with the head teacher can also order that masks be worn when seated after the outbreak.
- by visitors to events, meetings, trade shows, and indoor cultural events until seated
- in indoor public areas of catering establishments, casinos, gambling halls, betting agencies and similar establishments until seated
- in interior public areas of all buildings open to the public (especially public authorities and office buildings)
In addition, the wearing of a mouth-nose cover (a medical mask if possible) is strongly recommended if it is not possible to ensure that the minimum spacing of 1.5 metres between persons from other household members is maintained.
The obligatory wearing of a mouth and nose cover does not apply to:
- children under 6 years old
- people who cannot wear a mouth and nose cover due to a health impairment or disability
- personnel in facilities and companies, provided there is no contact with other persons or other and at least equivalent protective measures are taken, especially separating devices
- teachers during courses at extracurricular educational institutions and those involved in examinations, insofar as the hygiene concept provides for exceptions from the obligation to wear a mouth/nose covering in addition to the spacing to be observed and the regular exchange of air
- teachers and students during practical lessons with wind instruments
- insofar and as long as the removal of the medical mask is required for therapeutic, pedagogical, educational, legal, pastoral, ethical-social or other actual reasons
- for visits to homes and assisted living communities in private rooms belongig to the person being visited if all occupants of those rooms are vaccinated or recovered persons as defined in the COVID-19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance.
Failure to wear a medical mask is an administrative offence. If citizens do not wear a mask an infringement may be subject to a fine of € 50.
For up-to-date information please visit the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs website at Öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster
Only the wording of the ordinance officially published in German in the State of Hesse Law and Ordinance Gazette is legally authoritative.
The complete legal text of the Ordinance on the Protection of the Population against Infections with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV 2 (Coronavirus Protection Ordinance -CoSchuV-) of 22 June 2021, as amended, and accompanying ordinances can be found at: Öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster